September 1, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A convicted child molester who was given permission by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose to volunteer at a festival attended by children has been sentenced to 30 days in county jail.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that 51-year-old Mark Gurries acknowledged on Wednesday that he violated his probation by volunteering at the St. Frances Cabrini Parish festival in October. He was not supposed to do volunteer work with an organization that involves supervision of children under 18 years old following his 2010 child molestation conviction.
Gurries, a registered sex offender, was spotted at the festival by someone who knew his alleged victim. When parents asked a church official, Rev. Lieu Vu, to remove him, Vu objected, saying Gurries should be forgiven.
Gurries was eventually escorted off. Vu has since resigned.