April 11, 2006

Priest to stay in custody

Chicago Tribune

By Angela Rozas, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporter Manya A. Brachear contributed to this report
Published April 11, 2006

A Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing three boys at a Hinsdale church will be committed to a mental treatment facility, pending a trial to determine if he is a sexually violent person incapable of rehabilitation, a DuPage County judge ordered Monday.

Attorneys for Rev. Frederick A. Lenczycki, 61, agreed Monday that an expert--hired by the state and county prosecutors--would have testified that the priest is a sexually violent person who would commit abuse if released. Lenczycki's attorneys asked for time to get their own experts to evaluate the clergyman.

Judge Edward Duncan gave them three weeks to come up with a list of potential witnesses.

Lenczycki, dressed in blue prison garb, his hands shackled in front of him, stood quietly while his case was heard in the Wheaton courthouse. He was set to be released on parole Tuesday after serving 2 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in 2004 to abusing three boys while serving at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale in 1984.

Posted by kshaw at April 11, 2006 06:55 AM