Homestead priest found guilty of sex battery following rape allegations by parishioner

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – A South Florida priest has been convicted of a very disturbing crime.

On Friday, a jury found 64-year-old Jean Claude Philippe guilty of sex battery.

The trial for the Homestead priest began last week.

Philippe was convicted of raping a parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in 2018.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead, Florida. (WPLG)

The victim told authorities she was drugged and raped at his home.

She eventually told another clergy member who then alerted the police.

Philippe initially denied the allegations but eventually confessed to authorities.

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