John Dinn, once a priest at St. John the Evangelist Church in Conception Bay South, attempted to shield his face from reporters at provincial court in St. John’s this morning as he was sentenced to 60 days’ house arrest for frauds against his church.
John and Catherine Dinn — Telegram file photo
“He abused the trust of his congregation,” said Judge Michael Madden, who also ordered a year of probation for Dinn, with the condition that he finish repaying what was taken from the Anglican parish of St. John the Evangelist.
In all, $1,625 has yet to be repaid.
Dinn’s wife, Catherine Dinn, also pleaded guilty to fraud, but was granted a conditional discharge this morning.
Madden said considerations in that sentence included her mental health, her new role as sole breadwinner for the family and the fact that he did not consider her to be in the same position of trust as her husband.
The frauds committed were each of amounts of less than $5,000 and involved taking money from the parish that was destined for charity, with the Dinns signing the payouts over to themselves. As well, John Dinn was issued an early paycheque at one point without approval.
The frauds date back to 2012.
Dinn has been fired from his position as archdeacon of St. John the Evangelist. The former treasurer for the parish, Ken Carter, said the sentencing will help the parish as a whole to put the case behind them.