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Visiting Priest From Poland Arrested In Conn. On Sexual Abuse Charge

Dec 27, 2002 | AP A visiting Roman Catholic priest from Poland was charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl he was counseling about a previous sexual assault.

The Rev. Roman Kramek, 40, who had been serving at Sacred Heart Church, is accused of having sex with the 17-year-old girl on Dec. 18, prosecutors said. Kramek admitted to the crime in a sworn statement to authorities, they said.

Kramek was arrested Wednesday and arraigned Thursday on a second-degree sexual assault charge. He was ordered held on $500,000 bail until his next court appearance Jan. 30.

Under state law it is illegal for psychotherapists or any member of the clergy to have sex with anyone they are counseling.

The Hartford Archdiocese was not aware of the incident and had not been informed of the arrest, said the Rev. John Gatzak, a spokesman for the archdiocese. "Nobody here at the chancellory knows anything about this," he said.

Kramek had been in the United States for several months visiting the parish, which has a large Polish immigrant population. He was living at the church rectory, authorities said.

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