January 14, 2005

Gary priest won't be charged


Associated Press
January 14, 2005

CROWN POINT, Ind. -- Lake County prosecutors will not charge a Roman Catholic priest who authorities say admitted engaging in sexual activity with a child decades ago.

Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter said Thursday that Monsignor Don Grass' accuser has not cooperated with investigators since making the allegations in 2003.

Grass, who had been pastor at St. Mary Parish in Crown Point since 1983, was removed by the Diocese of Gary in December 2003 after church officials said he admitted the accusation that he molested a preteen girl was true.

The diocese said the molestation occurred while Grass was assigned to the Cathedral of Holy Angels in Gary during the 1960s. Carter said Thursday the diocese contacted Grass about the accusation in late 2003 and an investigation was started by Gary police.

Posted by kshaw at January 14, 2005 10:42 AM