April 28, 2006

Inquiry Backs Complaint Against Priest

Washington Post

By Michelle Boorstein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 28, 2006; Page B02

A Jesuit priest who was a popular teacher for 14 years at Georgetown Preparatory School inappropriately touched a student at the prestigious Jesuit-run boys' school in North Bethesda, an investigation by Jesuit authorities found.

The Rev. Gary Orr, 52, left Georgetown Prep in June 2003 -- at the end of the school year when the alleged incident took place -- and is on a leave of absence from the order "to consider his future," said an April 7 letter from the Rev. Timothy B. Brown, the provincial, or head, of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus.

The letter was sent to parents and alumni, along with an April 10 letter from the Rev. William L. George, the school's president.

"I recognize that this news will be difficult for many members of our community," George wrote. "There are inevitable feelings of sadness, disbelief and anger, which are the same emotions I have been struggling with since first learning of the accusation."

Posted by kshaw at April 28, 2006 03:41 AM