Baltimore Archdiocese Receives Allegations of Abuse

WMDT [Ellicott City MD]
March 26, 2007

Ellicott City, Md. (AP) — The archdiocese of Baltimore has removed a priest from ministry after receiving allegations of sexual abuse against girls in the 1960s.

The archdiocese says that when Monsignor Richard E- Smith was informed of the allegations, he admitted to some of them and couldn't recall other details of his interactions with the girls.

Smith was most recently pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City. But the allegations date to his time as priest at the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Woodlawn -- now called Saint Gabriel parish.

Archdiocesan officials say they learned of the allegations in the past week. One woman says she had a series of sexual encounters with Smith in 1967, when she was about 15 or 16 years old. Another woman says she and Smith had one inappropriate sexual interaction sometime in 1966 or 1967, when she was about 15.

The archdiocese has removed Smith from ministry and removed his faculties to function as a priest. The incidents have been reported to the appropriate civil authorities.


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