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Prosecutors trying to keep bizarre pedophile priest locked up
He gave boys naked massages & dressed them in revealing baby Jesus costumes
In unusual proceeding today, priest could be kept jailed as a "sexually violent person"
Hes admitted molesting at least 30 children and wants to walk free again to live with relatives
An admitted serial predator priest who worked in the Bay Area wants to be released from state custody but three groups want a judge to keep him locked up. A decision in the unusual case may come this afternoon.
Leaders of SNAP, Voice of the Faithful and the Coaltion of Concerned Catholics want Fr. Fred Lenczycki to remain in state custody, rather than be allowed to go live with family near Joliet (IL).
The groups are urging DuPage (IL) Judge Bonnie Wheaton to keep the admitted child molesting cleric in a Rushville (IL) facility, so kids will be safer.
Lenczycki has been declared a sexually violent person after having acknowledged that he sexually victimized at least 30 boys in California, Missouri and Illinois. He was convicted in 2004 for abusing three Hinsdale (IL)
boys. Lawsuits against him and his church supervisors involving Bay Area victims were settled. Those victims were represented by attorney San Francisco Terry Gross (415-544-0200) while St. Paul (MN) attorney Jeff
Anderson (651-227-9990, 612-817-8665 cell) represented some of the Illinois victims.
This week, the Illinois judge has heard evidence about whether Lenczycki should be freed to live with his family. The three organizations believe this would be reckless and doubt his relatives could or would effectively monitor and supervise him. Prosecutors feel the chance of him re-offending is high.
According to the Illinois Attorney General's office, Lenczycki is the first person in United States to have served as a priest and be declared a sexually violent person.
Kids are safest when pedophiles are jailed. This is especially true of shrewd, charismatic and well-educated pedophiles, like those who are priests, said Barbara Blaine of SNAP.
In 2004, Lenczycki was convicted of molesting three boys, although he's admitted abusing 30 kids. He was to be released from prison in May 2006. But prosecutors kept him incarcerated until now.
SNAP wants hospital and church staff to reach out to others who may have seen, suspected or suffered Lenczyckis sex crimes.
Between assignments in Joliet and St. Louis, Lenczycki had been sent to San Francisco.
Despite Lenczycki's conviction and admissions, he remains a priest on the church payroll.
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