A suspended priest convicted of molesting altar boys was sentenced to life in prison less than a year after the scandal led to a record $119.6 million verdict against the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.
Rudolph "Rudy" Kos, 52, was sentenced Wednesday for convictions on three counts of aggravated sexual assault. He also was sentenced to 20-year prison terms for convictions on four other counts. He had pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child.Kos will be eligible to seek parole in 15 years.
"He's gotten what he deserved. It should be death, but he got the most that the law allows," said Wade Schlosstein, one of those who accused Kos of assault.
The charges arose from the claims of four former altar boys who told police they were molested about 1,350 times over five years from the time they were 10, 11 or 12 years old.
Before the sentences were announced, some of Kos' accusers addressed him in court.
"Because of you, I thought I wasn't even deserving of my own family. And I asked you why, why you should do this to me?" Robert Hultz said. "I hope you never forget my eyes and the pain you have caused.
"It is men like you that bedevil our society, and thank God you will no longer be a part of it."
As one of his accusers addressed him, Kos called out: "You're a liar."
Some victims and their families said they will fight his attempts for parole.
"There's no more you can do to the man than put him away for life and I hope he stays there," said Pat Lemberger, whose 21-year-old-son Jay killed himself in 1992, allegedly after years of Kos' abuse.