A former staff member at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Longview has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of indecency with a child sexual contact.
Leonard “Len” Paul Budai was booked Tuesday into the Gregg County Jail on the charge. He was released Wednesday on $15,000 bond.
Online jail records showed the indictment stemmed from an incident July 19, 2019. The indictment, however, said Budai is accused of touching the genitals of a child younger than 17 around Dec. 22, 2011. The reason for the discrepancy was unclear Wednesday.
A News-Journal story in 2014 about Budai and his hobby of transforming mailboxes into works of art said he retired as the director of religious education at St. Mary’s in 2000.