Sewar Arraignment Postponed

Catholic Courier [Rochester NY]
July 27, 2005

Originally scheduled to take place this morning (July 27), the arraignment of Father Dennis R. Sewar, a diocesan priest currently on administrative leave, has been postponed until 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Rochester City Court.

Investigator Joseph Dominick, spokesman for the Rochester Police Department, said Father Sewar was arrested at his home in Henrietta July 22 and charged with third-degree sexual abuse, a Class B misdemeanor, and endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor.

Dominick said the arrest stemmed from information provided by the Diocese of Rochester regarding alleged incidents involving Father Sewar and a teenager. The incidents allegedly took place between August 1999 and August 2001, while Father Sewar was serving as pastor of Rochester's Church of the Annunciation.