Victim's Statement in Lenczycki Trial

Chicago Daily Herald
March 24, 2008

An edited text of the victim's statement about being molested by Rev. Fred Lenczycki. It was read to a judge during the priest's 2004 sentencing hearing in DuPage County:

Imagine being violated by the very person who is there to teach you morals, ethics and religion. One may say, "How is it possible?"

We all know this is very rampant in our society today and has been for years in churches everywhere.

Being a former student at St. Isaac Jogues of Hinsdale, I never imagined such a scenario. It still is extremely difficult to understand and or comprehend what has happened to myself and several other boys.

I will never live a day, week, month or year without recalling the events of such a sick individual. I will ask myself repeatedly, "How could the Catholic church allow such vigilant acts?"

There was a time when sleep was impossible, and though it may be easier today, it will never be without the weight of this act.

Growing up in the Catholic church, we have always been taught to "trust" others and ourselves. Presently, it has been impossible "to trust" anyone, outside of immediate friends and family.

Although I am the only victim present today and not a devout Catholic, I speak of all victims past, present and future when I say, "Trust me," he absolutely is not getting what he deserves, and the defendant's ultimate fate lies in the hands of God.


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