Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. priest facing charges of lewd conduct

(For Immediate Release September 6, 2022) 

Reverend Jaroslaw "Jerry" Gamrot, 58, of Holy Face Catholic Church and Little Flower School in Great Mills, has been charged in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred on a highway in July. Gamrot, a native of Poland who now resides in Frederick County, Maryland, was served with the accusations on August 21. Gamrot works under the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

We urge Cardinal Wilton Gregory to assist police in their investigation of this alleged crime by promptly contacting every parish where Fr. Gamrot worked and urging anybody who witnessed, suspected or was a victim of any crime to come forward and report it to secular authorities. Another news site reports that Gamrot has worked in other countries. Gregory must also formally notify his equivalents and authorities in those areas.

If these claims are shown to be accurate, we have every reason to believe that the accused perpetrator has previously committed similar lewd conduct. We are profoundly concerned not just for the parishioners of the church where Gamrot worked, but also for the youngsters at Little Flower School who are within his grasp.

We believe Gamrot's name, photo, and work history should be included in parish bulletins and webpages, along with a request for victims, witnesses, and whistleblowers to contact authorities. There are hundreds of parish newsletters, church websites, and pulpits where spoken statements might and should be made, urging anybody with information or suspicions to come forward.

CONTACT: Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager([email protected], 267-261-0578),  Becky Ianni, SNAP Virginia Leader ([email protected], 703-801-6044Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Board President ([email protected], 814-341-8386) Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

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