RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) – Prosecutors say a former Catholic priest who molested a 6-year-old boy is being sent to prison after previously escaping incarceration when he told a judge he was dying of liver cancer.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office says Barry Ryan is due to appear in Riverhead court Friday to be sent to prison for two years. He pleaded guilty to molesting a boy in 2003, eight years after being suspended from the priesthood.

A judge had previously agreed to postpone jail for the 59-year-old, but he rescinded that decision and issued an arrest warrant for him in August after prosecutors suggested the one-time cleric was contriving to avoid incarceration.

A call to Joseph Ostrowsky, Ryan’s lawyer, wasn’t immediately returned.

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