Baltimore Archdiocese removes priest after allegation of sexual abuse involving a child

WBFF - Fox 45 [Baltimore MD]

April 19, 2021

By Chris Berinato

The Archdiocese of Baltimore removed Fr. Martin Demek, pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Baltimore, after it received an allegation of sexual abuse involving an 11-year-old child.

The Archdiocese says it received the allegation earlier this year. The abuse allegedly began in 1989 and allegedly happened multiple times. The Archdiocese says the sexual abuse apparently happened at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Manchester, Maryland.

The Archdiocese says its policy is to suspend Fr. Demek pending a full investigation.

The Archdiocese says it notified the Carroll County Sheriff’s office immediately after receiving the allegation. The sheriff’s office requested that the Archdiocese refrain from investigating on its own until the office gave it permission. The Archdiocese received permission from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week.

Fr. Demek was ordained a priest in 1975. He served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady Queen of Peace (1975-1980), St .Thomas Aquinas (1980-1984), and Shrine of the Little Flower (1984-1987). He served as Pastor at St. Bartholomew (1987-1996), St. William of York (1996-2010), and Corpus Christi (2010 – present). He also served as Administrator at Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (1996).