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Suspended priest facing weapons charges

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The photo of Fr. Paul Gotta was provided by Windsor Locks - East Windsor Patch The photo of Fr. Paul Gotta was provided by Windsor Locks - East Windsor Patch

A suspended East Windsor priest is facing federal weapons charges after he was arrested Friday.

Father Paul Gotta, 55, of Bridgeport, was charged with aiding and abetting both the unlawful transport of a firearm in interstate commerce and the purchase of a handgun by a juvenile.

Gotta, administrator of St. Phillip in East Windsor and St. Catherine in Broad Brook, was placed on administrative pending the outcome of an police investigation, church officials said.

Gotta is the same priest who is connected to 18-year-old Kyle Bass, who allegedly made threats against the Metropolitan Learning Center in Bloomfield. Court documents show Bass also talked about the Boston Marathon bombing.

Court documents state Gotta told police that Bass "You should bring your gun with you when you walk your dog. You never know when someone will jump out of the bushes and shoot you or the dog."

After Gotta said he found bullets on his doorstep, he told police he feared for his and the public's safety.

Several agencies are also investigating allegations of sexual abuse of a minor involving Gotta. No one would confirm Monday if the sex abuse complaint against the priest involves Bass.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the East Windsor Police Department are investigating the weapons charges.

If convicted, Gotta could face up to five years in prison and $250,000 fine.

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