Maverick Priest in D.C. Accused of Sex with Boy

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 4, 1989

WASHINGTON - A former altar boy says he and the Rev. George A. Stallings Jr. repeatedly had sexual relations over a period of several months in 1977. Stallings, 41, made national news this summer when he defied Roman Catholic Church officials and formed Imani Temple, an independent Af rican-American Catholic congregation. He declined to be interviewed about the claim by a former altar boy that he and Stallings repeatedly had sexual relations in the church rectory for several months in 1977. The former altar boy belonged to St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Washington at the time of the incidents alleged. The former altar boy - now a man, whom The Washington Post agreed not to identify - said the first incident had happened in the rectory on a summer afternoon when Stallings asked the 16-year-old to kneel next to him on the carpet and share a loaf of bread. "He started touching my ear," the man, now 28, said in an interview Thursday. "And one thing led to another, and we ended up upstairs in his room. And, you know, that was the start of the relationship right there - at least the sexual relationship." The man says he never reported the relationship to church authorities. After several telephone calls, a brief conversation on his doorstep and a written request outlining the subject of this story, Stallings told a Washington Post reporter Friday night: "Sir, do your job. I have no comment." In a rousing sermon Sunday at his church's temporary home at Suitland High School in Maryland, Stallings introduced a Washington Post reporter to members of the congregation and told them that The Post was preparing an article about "improprieties." But he gave no details. "When you read in the newspaper or see on the television some story that they ain't got no evidence - and they're trying to say that they do - let me tell you something, church, they ain't got no truth," he said. Over the last several years, parishioners and other Catholics have expressed concern to Washington diocesan officials about Stallings' conduct. In particular, they questioned a lifestyle that they believed included the presence of young men and boys at the rectory and later at Augustus Manor, the turn-of-the-century home that Stallings bought and renamed for himself. Sources said that about three months ago, Cardinal James A. Hickey confronted Stallings with concerns about his lifestyle, including whether Stallings had engaged in any homosexual behavior, which would violate his priestly vow of celibacy.


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