|Fairbanks Priest Denies Abuse Claims
June 11, 2009
FAIRBANKS — The Rev. Gerald Ornowski, a Fairbanks priest who has been named in a civil suit alleging sexual abuse of a female minor while serving in the early 1990s in Stebbins, a western Alaska coastal village, denies the allegations.
Ornowski's denial was confirmed by Robert Hannon, diocesan chancellor, who was present at a conference call regarding the lawsuit Tuesday, which included Ornowski and his religious superior at the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception. The congregation also is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Ornowski is currently at the congregation headquarters in Stockbridge, Mass., for medical tests and treatment.
Following the diocese's sexual abuse prevention policy, Fairbanks Bishop Donald Kettler, has placed Ornowski on administrative leave.
Ornowski has served as pastor of St. Mark's University Parish and Catholic Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus since 1997.
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