February 14, 2005

Competency hearing is set for Father John J. Szantyr.

Worcester Voice

A former Worcester teacher and police chaplain, Father John J. Szantyr, will have a competency hearing on February 17 in Central District Court, Worcester.

Fr. Szantyr, 73, of 55 Birch Place, Waterbury, Connecticut, faces charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. The alleged abuse occurred between January 1, 1986 and December 12, 1987, according to court records. During that time, Father Szantyr was a priest at Our Lady of Czestochowa parish in Worcester.

This priest has been the subject of controversy since the onset of the 2002 crisis in the Catholic church. The father of the alleged victim, Mr. Richard Chesnis of Worcester, early on told Worcester Telegram reporters that he tried to have Father Szantyr arrested for the sexual assault of his son.

Posted by kshaw at February 14, 2005 07:06 AM