Former Seton, St. Rita's priest indicted on child porn charges

By Conor Mooney

May 21, 2014 Updated May 21, 2014 at 11:12 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A local priest is accused of possessing child pornography, according to the Diocese of Syracuse.

A spokeswoman from the diocese said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that Fr. Robert Ours was indicted by an Onondaga County grand jury and arraigned in Onondaga County Court Wednesday morning on charges of possessing child pornography.

Ours -- who became inactive in 2011 because of personal reasons -- was a member of the faculty at Seton Catholic Central and served as an administrator at the former St. Rita's Church in Chenango Forks, which closed in January 2006, according to Action News archives. He was also an associate pastor at Holy Family in Endwell.

Ours is a resident of Onondaga County, according to Danielle Cummings, assistant chancellor and director of communications with the diocese. That's why the case is being handled in Onondaga County, Cummings said.

"There were no incidents at Seton Catholic or any of the other places (in Broome County) that we're aware of," Cummings said.

In the statement, the diocese said it contacted the Onondaga District Attorney upon learning what Ours had done.

The DA's office investigated, and it led to the presentation of the case to a grand jury.

According to the statement, the diocese will await the full outcome of these proceedings.