Ex-Columbia serial predator priest to stay in jail; Victims applaud new ruling

By David Clohessy
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
April 23, 2019

An admitted serial predator priest who worked in Columbia lost his bid for a bond reduction yesterday and will remain jailed in St. Louis County facing more child sex abuse charges.

We are grateful to the two brave Missouri men who are working with prosecutors to keep Fr. Fred Lenczycki away from kids, and to the judge who refused to reduce this admitted predator's bond today.

We hope this news will prod others who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Lenczycki's crimes to come forward. We firmly believe others he hurt are still suffering in shame, silence and self-blame.

The state of Illinois deemed Lenczycki a sexually violent predator, so we hope Missouri officials will continue to do all they can to keep him locked up. And we hope Catholic officials in California will aggressively reach out to anyone he hurt there.



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