Former Priest Accused of Molesting Students

February 2, 2011

A former Catholic priest who taught at Georgetown Preparatory School in Maryland is accused of sexually abusing two students.

Garrett David Orr, 57, surrendered to Montgomery County authorities and was charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of third degree sexual offense.

Orr was released on Jan. 26 after posting $50,000 bond.

Orr, who lives in Pittsburgh, taught at Georgetown Preparatory School between 1989 and 2003. The school reports that Orr also taught at the school from 1977 to 1980 when he was a “scholastic,” or Jesuit in training.

Last year, two former students complained to police about Orr.

The first victim reported in June 2010 that Orr inappropriately touched him on campus in 1989. In December 2010, another student reported that he had been inappropriately touched by Orr on campus in 2002.

Georgetown Preparatory School, in a statement, said school officials didn’t learn about the 1989 allegation until December 2009, when an attorney for her client said the victim was sexually abused by Orr in the late 1980s.

The school immediately reported the allegation to the Montgomery County police.

The school didn’t hear about the allegation until Orr’s arrest.

The school stated that it learned about the 2002 allegations during the 2003-2004 school year. It reported the allegations to the Montgomery County police in Spring 2004. It also reported the allegations to the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus.

The Montgomery County police investigation didn’t result in criminal charges at the time.

But the Province’s investigation determined that the 2002 sexual abuse allegation against Orr “was substantially true,” the statement said.


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