A former Catholic priest serving a 50-year sentence for sexually abusing a boy has been denied an early medical release.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that 72-year-old Thomas Teczar had applied for early release, seeking to serve only four years of his sentence. Texas prison officials denied the request Friday.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Teczar had recently been admitted to a medical facility in Dickinson and was listed in fair condition.
Teczar was with the Fort Worth diocese from 1988-93 and served in several parishes, including Ranger, where the then-11-year-old boy was abused.
Jurors in Eastland County in 2009 convicted Teczar of aggravated sexual assault and indecency and sentenced him to 50 years in prison.