Former priest’s sentencing delayed pending state recommendation |

Former priest’s sentencing delayed pending state recommendation

Paul Raymore, Sierra Sun
Stephen Kiesle

On Tuesday, Pinole, Calif. former priest Stephen Kiesle, 56, was remanded to the custody of the Nevada County Jail in Nevada City pending sentencing recommendations of the Department of Corrections for a Truckee molestation.

On Jan. 20, Kiesle pleaded “no contest” – the legal equivalent of pleading guilty – to one count of molesting a minor under 14 years of age, a felony, in a pre-trial hearing at the Nevada County Superior Court in Truckee.

The charge stemmed from Kiesle’s molestation of a young girl at his Tahoe Donner vacation home during the summer of 1995.

Nevada County Superior Court Judge C. Anders Holmer referred the case to the Department of Corrections to allow them to conduct a 90-day criminal and psychological evaluation of Kiesle and to make any sentencing recommendations they deem fit, after which Judge Holmer will make a ruling as to Kiesle’s sentence.

As part of Kiesle’s plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to request no more than six years in state prison.

A future hearing date has not been scheduled.