February 18, 2005

Kramek gets nine months

The Herald

By JENNIFER MANES, Staff Writer 02/18/2005

NEW BRITAIN -- Roman Kramek waved goodbye to his supporters in a crowded New Britain Superior Court Thursday as he was taken into police custody after being sentenced for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old woman he was counseling.

Kramek, 42, a visiting priest from Poland who worked at Sacred Heart Church on Broad Street, will serve nine months in prison and will be deported upon his release.

Judge Susan B. Handy scolded Kramek, who remained silent, his hands clasped behind his back, for his insidious behavior and lack of apology.

"As a priest, sir, you received your orders and your vows," Handy said. "Instead of honoring them, you took advantage of a young, troubled woman for your own sexual gratification."

Kramek confessed to sexually assaulting the woman in her home in December 2002. She was referred to him for spiritual counseling, according to state’s attorney Scott Murphy.

Posted by kshaw at February 18, 2005 03:54 AM