Crime & Justice

Washington Post [Maryland]
September 27, 2002

Priest indicted: A priest who served in a Beltsville church has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused a teenage boy in Ocean City a quarter-century ago, prosecutors said.

Police said that the victim reported the incidents on numerous occasions but that law enforcement and church officials were not convinced the abuse occurred.

The Worcester County grand jury indicted the Rev. John Danilak of Lynfield, Pa., on two counts of sodomy, one count of child abuse and 11 counts of perverted or unnatural sex acts. In 1978, Danilak, now 62, was a priest at St. Gregory of Nyssa Byzantine Catholic Church in Beltsville, where the boy, then 15, was an altar boy.


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