Thursday, May 06, 2004

Bishop Cheating on Probation?

The strange tales of Bishop O'Brien continue...

From East Valley Tribune Online:

"The judge who sentenced Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien to 1,000 hours of community service told the probation department Tuesday not to investigate an allegation that the former Catholic leader is cheating on his hours.

A relative of a worker at Huger Mercy Living Center, 2345 W. Orangewood Ave. in Phoenix, phoned the allegation into the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, saying O’Brien is logging six hours when he shows up there for only an hour. County Attorney Richard Romley announced the allegation Tuesday and complained about the lack of oversight of O’Brien’s probation.

But no formal complaint has been submitted to the probation department, and any investigation now would be premature because O’Brien’s logs are due quarterly, said J.W. Brown, a Maricopa County Superior Court spokeswoman.

'There’s nothing to investigate,' Brown said.

Logs that O’Brien has submitted so far show the most he has ever claimed at Huger Mercy Living Center was three hours, said Mike Goss, spokesman for the county Adult Probation Department.

Romley said he will pass on the allegations to probation. "