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'Sexually violent' priest sentenced for abusing 2 Missouri boys in 1990s

Church and court files show Lenczycki has admitted abusing up to 30 boys in Illinois, Missouri, and California over 25 years.

August 16, 2019 - 3:38 pm
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(KMOX) — The first U.S. Catholic priest to be labeled sexually violent, when convicted in Illinois, is sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing two boys in Missouri in the 1990s. 

Fred Lenczycki pleaded guilty in May to two counts of sodomy for abuse that occurred at a St. Louis County parish.  

Lenczycki was removed from the ministry in 2002, when he was charged with abusing three boys in the 1980s in Illinois. He pleaded guilty in 2004 and was sentenced to five years in prison.

In 2008, he was labeled sexually violent under Illinois' Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. Church and court files show Lenczycki has admitted abusing up to 30 boys in Illinois, Missouri, and California over 25 years.

Lenczycki is 75.

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