Pederast Priest Sentenced to 8 Years

By Arlo Wagner
Washington Times
October 9, 1991

A Catholic priest was sentenced yesterday in Montgomery County Circuit Court to eight years in prison, to be served after a 22-year sentence in a Virginia prison, for sexually abusing teen-age boys in his care.

Thomas Casper Chleboski Jr., 30, is also scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 7 in the District of Columbia on another child abuse charge. His attorney, Robert E. Battle, said the maximum possible sentence is 10 years.

Yesterday, Chleboski was sentenced on two charges of child abuse and an unnatural and perverted sex act on a youth, now 19 years old, between Dec. 1, 1985, and mid-1989. Chleboski pleaded guilty to those charges Aug. 16.

Assistant State's Attorney Frank Molony dropped seven other charges involving the same boy.

When Montgomery County police arrested Chleboski on Feb. 27, they said the acts occurred at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Rockville and St. Martin's Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, where the priest was assigned.

Mr. Molony said one sexual abuse occurred in the boy's Rockville home in September 1986 shortly after the boy's grandmother died after a long battle with cancer.

Judge William Cave sentenced Chleboski yesterday to 15 years each on the two child abuse charges, suspended seven years on each charge and ordered the remainder of the two sentences to be served concurrently in Maryland after the Virginia sentences are satisfied.

The judge also sentenced Chleboski to 10 years, which he suspended, on the unnatural-perverted crime and five years' probation.

Mr. Molony said Chleboski may be eligible for parole in Virginia in four years and eligible for parole in Maryland in about three years. Catholic officials have said Chleboski may then receive psychological treatment at Servants of Paraclete in New Mexico, Mr. Battle said. The facility is a counseling and treatment center for Catholic priests who suffer from sexual disorders.

An Arlington County grand jury indicted Chleboski on Jan. 21 on six counts of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy.


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