Catholic Priest Accused of Dealing Coke
Forget red cups filled with crappy beer at stinky frat houses; the real partying at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana apparently goes down at St. John's Catholic Newman Center. Police in “Chambana” busted Catholic priest Christopher Layden for cocaine possession with the intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church. Turns out 33-year-old Layden used the rectory to deal coke, but there’s no word as to whether or not the drug-peddling priest lured in more congregation members with his little side business.
The Reverend Christopher Layden pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of delivery of less than 1 gram of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and one count of possession with intent to deliver 1 to 15 grams of cocaine near a church.
The 33-year-old was arrested Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Newman Center after investigators found 3 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia while searching his home and office. His bond was set at $50,000.
The Catholic Diocese of Peoria says it has suspended Layden.