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Ex-priest living in Garland jailed in attempted murder-for-hire of teen sex abuse complainant

(The Associated Press) – A former Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy in 2008 in his rural West Texas parish is now accused of plotting the alleged victim’s murder, authorities said.

John M. Fiala of Garland was in the Dallas County jail Monday in lieu of bail totaling $700,000, according to online jail records. He was already charged with sexual abuse of a child and now faces a count of murder solicitation, records show.

Fiala, 52, was arrested at his home Thursday after meeting with an undercover officer to arrange the alleged victim’s death, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger told the San Antonio Express-News. Vinger said the investigation began Nov. 11 when Fiala’s neighbor tipped off Edwards County Sheriff Don Letsinger.

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