Baltimore Archdiocese Settles out of Court in Sex Abuse Case

United Press International 1990
February 2, 1990

The city's Roman Catholic Archdiocese has reached an out-of-court settlement in a teen sex- abuse case involving a local priest.

It was the second confidential settlement by archdiocesan lawyers in a child sex- abuse case in less than a year.

The earlier case against another priest involved an Anne Arundel County altar boy who was 13 at the time of the abuse.

In the latest case, the victim, now 24, was 16 when the sexual acts began in the priest's bedroom in the rectory of Saint Stephen's Roman Catholic Church at Bradshaw.

The youth had gone to the Rev. Marion Helowicz for counseling.

The priest pleaded guilty to criminal charges of perverted sexual practices in late 1988 in Baltimore County Circuit Court and was sentenced to two years' probation and 200 hours of community service.

The church has relieved Helowicz of all religious and administrative duties.


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