Father Joseph N. Muench entered an Alford plea in March to one count of first-degree unlawful imprisonment and one count of first-degree criminal attempt to commit sexual abuse.
Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate sentenced Muench to one year on each of the two counts contained in his plea agreement against him. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Three individual instances of sexual misconduct are alleged to have occurred during Muench’s tenure as associate pastor at Good Shepherd Parish, Frankfort, where he served from 1984 to 1986. At the time, the parish belonged to the Diocese of Covington. The Lexington diocese was established in March, 1988.