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Priest accused of raping a child…

…then of trying to hire a hitman to have him killed!  Wait, that’s an awful punchline!  Maybe there really isn’t anything funny about Catholicism.

Father John M. Fiala, 52, was in Dallas County Jail on one count of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, officials said. A judge set bail at $700,000.

The sexual assault charges were part of indictments handed up last week in Howard County, which brought to six the number of charges Fiala faces that involve the boy, who was 16 at the time of the alleged offenses.

The Texas Rangers and Department of Public Safety troopers arrested Fiala on Thursday after he negotiated a murder arrangement with an undercover officer at his residence in Garland, DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said.

A DPS investigation began Nov. 11, when a neighbor of Fiala tipped off Edwards County Sheriff Don Letsinger. “I received a call from an unnamed informant who was having problems with the way Fiala was acting,” the sheriff said.

The neighbor “had been solicited (to commit the murder) himself, and he didn’t want anything to do with that,” Letsinger said. Fiala reportedly offered the neighbor $5,000 to kill the teen, the sheriff said.

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