Former Georgetown Prep Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex Offenses

By Steven Ertelt
The Gazette
September 13, 2011

A former Georgetown Preparatory School teacher accused of molesting two students pleaded guilty to two charges of fourth-degree sex offense in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday.

Garrett David Orr, 58, of Pittsburgh was arrested Jan. 25 after two former students separately contacted Montgomery County police and said Orr had molested them while they lived in the dormitory on the North Bethesda school's campus, according to court documents.

One of the students contacted police in June 2010 to say he was molested by Orr in 1989. Another former student went to police in 2004 to say he was sexually abused in 2002. The 2004 case was reopened when police started to investigate the more recent claim.

Orr was a Jesuit priest when he taught Latin and drama at the school between 1989 and 2003, and at one point he lived in a dormitory with other members of the faculty and about 100 students, a Georgetown Prep spokesman said after his arrest.

Orr was originally charged with four counts of third-degree sexual offense and two counts of child abuse and faced a possible 70 years in prison. Fourth-degree sex offense carries a maximum prison sentence of three years for each count.

Orr declined to comment after the hearing through his attorney, David A. Martella.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10.



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