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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Catholic teacher charged with molesting kids; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

We hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Orr’s crimes will come forward. It’s crucial that no one get complacent and assume he’ll be convicted and jailed. In fact, many times, child predators get terrific lawyers and exploit legal loopholes and escape responsibility or get light sentences. So it’s important that anyone with information about Orr call police and prosecutors immediately.

It’s rare for a child molester to strike just once or twice. So we strongly suspect there are others who were assaulted by Orr who are still suffering in shame, silence and self-blame. We urge Georgetown Prep staff to aggressively seek out other victims and prod them to contact law enforcement.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

Former priest indicted on sexual abuse charges

Ex-Georgetown Prep employee faces trial in coming months

by Alex Ruoff | Staff Writer

Garrett David Orr, the former Georgetown Preparatory School teacher arrested on charges he molested two students while employed as a Jesuit priest there, was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury Thursday.

Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Seth Zucker said the indictment means Orr will be tried in Montgomery County Circuit Court. He faces four counts of third-degree sexual offense and two counts of child abuse.

Orr, 57, of Pittsburgh was charged with the crimes Jan. 25 after two former students separately contact Montgomery County police, and said Orr had molested them while living in the school's dormitory, located on the North Bethesda school's campus, according to court documents.

One of the students contacted Montgomery County police in June to say he was molested by Orr in 1989, court charging documents state. Another said he similarly was molested in 2002, but charging documents associated with his case were sealed by Karla Smith of the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.

Smith did not respond to messages requesting comment.

Orr taught Latin and drama, and at one point lived in a dormitory with other members of the faculty and about 100 students between 1989 and 2003, Georgetown Prep spokesman Paul Gallagher said after Orr's arrest.

Child abuse has a maximum prison sentence of 15 years while third-degree sexual offenses carry 10 years per charge, Montgomery County police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said.

Anyone with information about this case or other actions by Orr is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5432.

Orr's attorney, Barry Helfand did not return a message seeking comment Friday.

aruoff@gazette.net


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