Friday, August 3, 2012

Boston Pastor arrested for keeping nude pictures of young girls

SOUTH BOSTON (WHDH) -- A pastor working at a South Boston church entered a guilty plea Wednesday to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Reverend Andrzej Urbaniak, a pastor at the largely Polish-American church Our Lady of Czestochowa for four years, has been jailed and suspended because of what investigators say they found on a church computer.

Investigators say they found pictures of girls who looked eight to 10 years old on a computer in the rectory.

Parishioners and non-parishioners share the pain.

"Shocking…in a word, shocking. Hearing him from the pulpit and listening to him and then find out something like this,” Allan Ramusiewicz, Our Lady of Czestochowa.

"I’m just at a loss for words,” said Randy Crehan, a parishioner at another church.

Prosecutors say pastor Urbaniak was caught up in a sweep by state police investigating computer networks where people trade files labeled “pre-teen,” “pedophilia,” and “Lolita.”

The investigation pointed to a computer in the South Boston rectory of Our Lady of Czestochowa. And when police moved in Tuesday night, they say the computer was downloading files and father Urbaniak knew what was there.

"There were a number of statements given post Miranda by the defendant stating that he was aware that this pornographic material would be found,” said Kate Clayman, prosecutor.

Pastor Urbaniak's lawyer admitted it a tough time to be defending a priest on a sex charge.
“With the charge alone he feels like he’s let people down and is disconsolate about it. This is obviously not a very good day for him,” said Jeffrey Denner, defense lawyer.
Urbaniak is being held on $10,000 bail.

The Archdiocese of Boston released a statement saying Urbaniak has been relieved of any priestly duties.

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