April 11, 2006

Commitment hearing ordered for pedophile priest

Chicago Tribune

By Angela Rozas
Tribune staff reporter
Published April 10, 2006, 6:42 PM CDT

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.

Posted by kshaw at April 11, 2006 07:26 AM