Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Catholic Priest arrested for assaulting his daughter

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Suffolk priest has resigned as pastor of two local churches after being charged with domestic assault.

Rev. Piotr Bialkowski was arrested on Nov. 28 for an incident that took place Nov. 27, according to Suffolk police spokesperson Debbie George.

"She advised the father of her child entered her home, came in the bedroom, forced her up against the wall, pinned her up against the wall. It took a friend jumping on his back to get him off of her," George said.

Bialkowski was a pastor at St. Mary's in Suffolk and Good Shepherd in Smithfield.

The congregations were informed of the accusation at the weekend Masses of Dec. 3 and 4 and Bialkowski confirmed the accusation was true, according to Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond.

Bialkowski was also suspended from all priestly duties.

As a priest of the Diocese of Rodan in Poland, Bialkowski is under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rodan, DiLorenzo said.

DiLorenzo said he and his staff will be working on behalf of the two parishes to assign a new pastor.


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