October 24, 2005

Priest Finishes Prison Term

Hartford Courant

October 24, 2005
By ANN MARIE SOMMA, Courant Staff Writer NEW BRITAIN -- A visiting priest from Poland who pleaded guilty last year to sexually assaulting a teenage girl is scheduled to be released from prison today after serving a nine-month sentence.

The Rev. Roman Kramek, 43, likely will be transported to Hartford from MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Naturalization authorities in New York before being deported to Poland.

Kramek came to New Britain in 2002 from Szyleny in northern Poland to serve temporarily at Sacred Heart Church during the Christmas season.

On Dec. 24, 2002, he was charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old New Britain High School student on Dec. 18, 2002, when he was supposed to be counseling her about a previous rape.

Police say he later told a Polish-speaking police officer that he fondled and had sex with the girl to show her that sex with men could be a positive experience. Kramek denies he admitted to the officer that he had sex with the girl.

Posted by kshaw at October 24, 2005 08:26 AM