April 11, 2006

Convicted Priest To Be Held At Treatment Facility


(AP) CHICAGO A Roman Catholic priest convicted of molesting three boys will be held at a treatment center for sexually violent people until a hearing to determine if he should be committed there indefinitely, a DuPage County judge ruled Monday.

The Rev. Frederick Lenczycki is scheduled to be paroled on Tuesday from the Dixon Correctional Center, where he has served two years for the aggravated sexual abuse of three boys from 1982 to 1984 while serving at a Hinsdale church.

Instead of being released, Judge Edward Duncan ordered Lenczycki, 61, moved to a secure facility in Joliet, where he'll be in the custody of the state Department of Human Services, said DuPage County State's Attorney Joseph Birkett.

"The good news is he won't be free," said Birkett, who is running for lieutenant governor as a Republican. "The bad news is that he continues to suffer from these mental disorders and that continues to make him a danger to society."

Posted by kshaw at April 11, 2006 07:22 AM