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UPDATED ON 6: Augusta Priest Accused Of Stealing From Church

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Mug shot of Father Avery Hanna (Credit: Richmond County Sheriff's Office) Mug shot of Father Avery Hanna (Credit: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
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***UPDATED on Tuesday, November 26th at 7:11 P.M.***

We have new information on a local priest accused of stealing money from the church.

Father Avery Hanna has been charged and is out of jail on a $5,700 bond.

He was placed on administrative leave from Saint Mary on the Hill earlier this month. He's accused of taking petty cash, candle money, tithes, and poor box money totaling to more than $1,700 dollars.

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***POSTED on Monday, November 11th at 11:48 A.M.***

WJBF News Channel 6 has learned an Assistant Pastor of St. Mary on the Hill in Augusta has been placed on administrative leave.

Father Avery Hanna, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, has been placed on administrative leave by the Diocese as a result of criminal charges involving the theft of church property.

Diocese officials say Father Hanna, a native of the Bahamas and an Assistant Pastor at St. Mary on the Hill in Augusta, Georgia, has been placed on administrative leave as a result of his theft of petty cash, candle money, tithes and poor box money from the church office over a period of several weeks. The total amount believed to have been stolen is approximately $1,700.

As a result of these acts, which Father Hanna has admitted, Diocese officials say criminal charges will be brought against him. Father Hanna has been removed from St. Mary on the Hill in Augusta and will reside at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah pending the outcome of the criminal charges and a determination of his immigration status.

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