South Boston Priest Faces Child Porn Charges

August 1, 2012

Our Lady of Czestochowa, South Boston


A Boston priest has been arrested and charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography.

State Police troopers assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Andrew J. Urbaniak, 39, Tuesday afternoon at Our Lady of Czestochowa in South Boston.

Urbaniak's arrest follows a two-month long investigation. He is named as the pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa on the church's website.

Also seized was Urbaniak's computer where pornographic images of girls who appear to be between the ages of 8 and 10 were found, according to Boston police.

Urbaniak will be arraigned Wednesday morning.

The Archdiocese of Boston has been placed Urbaniak on administrative leave.

In a statement released wednesday moring, the Archdiocese said, "The Provincial Superior of his (Urbaniak's) religious order in Poland has been informed of the matter. Fr. Urbaniak's faculties have been suspended and he is not allowed to function as a priest in the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese is fully cooperating with law enforcement."

Police are continuing their investigation. At this time, no victims have come forward.


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