Assignment Record – Rev. Garrett "Gary" D. Orr, s.j.
Summary of Case: Orr was accused in the fall of 2003 of having molested one of his Georgetown Preparatoryy students in 2002. The school didn't report the accusation to the police until May 2004. He was not charged at the time. Although "suspended", Orr was allowed involvement in Campus Ministry and to direct a musical production at Loyola College in Maryland. A Jesuit review board deemed the accusation to be "substantially true" in 2006. Another man reported to the police in 2010 that Orr sexually abused him when he was a Georgetown Prep student in 1989. Police investigated, reopened the previous case, and arrested Orr in January 2011 on charges of sexually abusing the two students. Orr pleaded guilty and was sentenced in November 2011 to five years' probation. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.
|1983||1984||Orr is not indexed in the 1984 Directory, but later volumes note his ordination year to have been 1983.|
Philadelphia archbishop was John Joseph Krol (1961-1988), followed by Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua (1987-2003).
|1989||St. Joseph's Preparatory Jesuit Community||Philadelphia||PA||This Jesuit high school had 888-760 students, all male.|
|1989||1990||Orr is not indexed or listed at his previous or subsequent assignments in the 1990 Directory.|
Washington D.C. archbishop was James Aloysius Hickey (1980-2000), followed by Theodore Edgar McCarrick (2000-2006).
|2003||Georgetown Preparatory School||
• Orr was accused in the Fall of 2003 of having sexually abused a Georgetown Prep. student in 2002. The school waited until May of 2004 to report the accusation to the police. Orr was not charged.
• Orr was arrested in January 2011, charged with the sexual abuse of two former Georgetown Prep students, one whose report in 2003 did not lead to charges, and the other who said Orr abused him in 1989. Both former students were living in the school's dormitory at the times of the abuse. Both accusers said the abuse involved fondling.
|MD||religion, Latin and theater teacher; Superior 2000-2006||
This Jesuit boarding school had 399-445 students, all male.
Per a Georgetown Prep official in a 2011 letter to the school community, Orr was assigned to the school in 1989.
Baltimore archbishop was William Henry Keeler (1989-2007).
|2006||Loyola College||Baltimore||MD||teacher||Orr was suspended from his "priestly standing" when the police were contacted in May 2004. He stayed, however, at Loyola through the 2004-2005 school year, "without one-on-one contact with students.", per the Provincial of the Maryland Jesuits. The school's student newspaper reported that Orr worked during that time in Campus Ministry, as a retreat and prayer group coordinator and participant, and he directed the school's production of "Godspell".|
Edwin Frederick O'Brien replaced Keeler as archbishop (2007- ).
|2009||Baltimore Jesuit Fathers and Brothers Maryland Provincial Curia||Baltimore||MD||Per 2006 news reports, a Jesuit Review Board deemed the accusation as "substantially true." The police investigation was suspended in March 2005, without charges being filed. The Jesuits gave Orr a year's leave of absence in September 2005, and he was told not to visit Georgetown Prep.|
|2009||2011||Orr pleaded guilty in September 2011 to charges of sexually abusing two former Georgetown Prep. students. He was sentenced to five years' probation, and ordered to register as a sex offender. He was living in Pittsburgh PA at the time of his sentencing.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1984-2009)
• Prep School Concedes to Abuse Charge, By Julia Duin, The Washington Times, April 19, 2006
• Allegations Exposed; Orr Gone Amidst Abuse Charges, By Terry Foy, Loyola Greyhound, April 25, 2006
• Inquiry Backs Complaint against Priest, Student Was Touched Inappropriately, Jesuit Officials Say, By Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post , April 28, 2006
• Jesuit Ousted 13 Years after Sex Allegations, By Ron Cassie, The Examiner, April 13, 2007
• Loyola College Removes Priest for Old Allegations, Associated Press, carried in WJZ, April 13, 2007
• After Child Abuse Accusations, Catholic Priests Often Simply Vanish, By William Wan and Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, December 2, 2010
• Letter to Georgetown Prep Community from School Official, January 26, 2011
• Georgetown Prep and Modern Liberal Catholicism, By Mark Judge, Daily Caller, January 31, 2011
• Former Priest Indicted on Sexual Abuse Charges, By Alex Ruoff, The Gazette, February 23, 2011
• Former Georgetown Prep Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex Offenses, By Steven Ertelt, The Gazette, September 13, 2011
• Former Georgetown Prep Priest Gets Probation, Must Register As Sex Offender, By Danielle E. Gaines, The Gazette, November 10, 2011
• Former Priest Put on Probation for Fondling Two Georgetown Prep Students, By Dan Morse, Washington Post, November 11, 2011
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