Priest Accused of Sex Assault Is Arrested at School

October 6, 1997

A Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a young boy over a 7-year period was arrested Saturday at the Salem County parochial school he oversees.

Father Peter Osinski, the 54-year-old principal of St. James High School in Carneys Point, was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, said John Doran, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's office.

Osinski, who lives in Pennsville, allegedly had sexual contact with the youth from the time he was 6 years old until he was 13, Doran said yesterday. All of the acts occured while Osinski vacationed on Long Beach Island in the summer, he said.

The name of the victim, now 19, was not released.

The priest was principal of St. James for seven years. Before that, he was vice principal of Camden Catholic High School in Camden County. He was ordained 26 years ago.

An investigation is continuing in Ocean, Camden and Cumberland counties, Doran said.

"We have information that we need to pursue in those counties in case additional charges need to be brought," he said.

Osinski was being lodged in Ocean County Jail in Toms River in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. He is due before Superior Court Judge Peter Giovine today for his initial court appearance.

If convicted on the charges, Osinski could face up to 10 years in prison, Doran said.


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