May 14, 2006

Former Priest Arrested for Child Abuse


Created:5/13/2006 4:47:49 PM
Last Updated:5/13/2006 10:46:28 PM

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division have been investigating the report of sexual abuse by a priest that occurred 26 years ago, but was reported to them in March of this year.

The investigation revealed that the now-42-year-old male victim from Silver Spring, had been abused by his priest when he was 17 years old. In 1980, he had sought counseling from the priest who served St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olney, because the victim was going through a difficult time in his life. A meeting was scheduled with the priest in his rectory which was then located in a single-family home at 104 King William Drive in Olney.

When the victim arrived, he was escorted by the priest to his bedroom which he also used as an office. After an initial verbal discussion, the priest offered the victim a massage which escalated to a sexual act. The victim continued to attend the church but avoided contact with that priest. On March 11, 2006, the victim reported the previous sexual assault to police because he had just recently come in contact with him while the victim was working at a local store, and the now former priest had requested by note that they meet socially.

Posted by kshaw at May 14, 2006 07:39 AM