Las Vegas Reverend George Chaanine Sought in Assault of Church Worker (UPDATE: Arrested)


Reverend George Chaanine is considered a person of interest in the sexual assault of a church worker at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church.  Police are presently looking for Chaanine who they believe is driving a cream-colored Buick LeSabre.

LAS VEGAS –   Police were searching for a Catholic priest they believe may have sexually assaulted and struck a woman at a church.

Authorities said they were called to Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church on Friday evening by someone who heard a woman in the church cry for help.

Officers found a church employee who said she had been assaulted and hit in the head with an object by a priest. Investigators consider the Rev. George Chaanine a person of interest, police spokesman Bill Cassell said. (Fox News)

 Vegas priest sought in assault of woman

Police were searching for a Catholic priest they believe may have sexually assaulted and struck a woman at a church.

UPDATE I: Priest Suspected in Attack Arrested

Reverand George Chaanine, 52, was arrested on Thursday in Apache Junction, AZ.

A hearing was set for Tuesday. He is wanted in Las Vegas on charges of attempted murder, sexual assault, kidnapping and battery with a deadly weapon in the Jan. 26 incident.

Chaanine is being held in a Phoenix jail on a $1 million bond on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. FBI Special Agent David Staretz said a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution would be dropped so Chaanine could be extradited to Las Vegas to face the more serious Nevada charges.

The priest had been in Monterey, Calif., on Tuesday, where bank security videotape released Thursday by police showed Chaanine making a withdrawal from a Bank of America branch. Court documents said he withdrew a large amount of money but didn’t specify how much.

Posted January 28, 2007 by
Crime, Sex Offender | 4 comments

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    4 Responses to “Las Vegas Reverend George Chaanine Sought in Assault of Church Worker (UPDATE: Arrested)”

    1. Joanie on January 29th, 2007 7:42 pm

      On our local news tonight, they state that Father George is now offically a ‘suspect’. This man is a French Citizen. He came over a year or so ago to take over this church as they had problems with a previous man of the white collar. I was a baptised Catholic 48 years ago. I dropped out of the Catholic church over 35 years ago when I saw that only people who gave large monitary donations got visited by the preist. When I asked our local priest about it, he became angry with me. He would not go see my dad who had terminal cancer. We were too poor to give much to the church. Is it any wonder religion is losing favor with the American people? However, I do believe in God and LOUDLY say the pledge with the word GOD in it! I just don’t care for organized big business religion.

    2. Annette M. Alix on February 2nd, 2007 8:59 am

      I just heard on the DailyBuzz.TV program that Chaanine got arrested. Not visiting the sick is the least of his problems! As a cradle Catholic, I dropped out of the Catholic church 2 years ago when I found out our “trusted, personable, compassionate, popular” parish priest had abused my son 20 years ago when he was 11 years old. Joanie is right – as friends of mine have also been disappointed with priests who refuse to visit the sick. Big business religion makes it too easy for the unscrupulous to take advantage of people’s faith.

    3. Tina on February 2nd, 2007 11:27 am

      I am disturbed by the fact that the 2 comments made here were written by bitter folks who had decided in the past to leave the Catholic church, for reasons not really relating to “big business religion” but rather lack of faith and commitment to God’s truth! It is indeed unfortunate that incidents like this have to happen. However, let us not take advantage of these unfortunate incidents to proclaim disapproval for the Catholic church! Instead, we need to continue to pray for strong faith and hold vigilant to being against these horrid acts rather than the church itself.

    4. Mike R. on February 13th, 2007 12:39 pm

      In regard to Tina’s dismay – I am certain that anyone in families who have been victimized by a secretive church could care less about the concerns of those who think others are not vigilant in faith. There is a difference between faith in God and faith in manmade assertions..such as the catechism etc etc. Why wouldn’t some take advantage of using these incidents to proclaim disapproval for the catholic church? It seems as though the church certainly has.

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