Assignment Record– Rev. Julian Pagacz
Summary of Case: A priest of the Polish National Catholic Church, Pagacz was charged in 1992 with raping two teenage girls, and for providing them with alcohol. One girl recanted. Pagacz admitted to indecent assault. He was fined for the alcohol offense, and ordered to undergo sex offender treatment.
|1992||Holy Mother of the Rosary||Chicopee||MA||interim pastor|
• Pagacz was charged in 1992 with raping two teen-age girls at his home. He had also been drinking alcohol with them. Pagacz admitted to indecent assault on a 17 year old girl. He was fined $300. for providing alcohol to minors and was ordered to undergo sex offender treatment. (Buffalo News [New York]
Members of Pagacz' parish petitioned church leaders to remove Pagacz as pastor. Prime Bishop Swantek and Bishop Gnat, of the Polish National Catholic Church, were reluctant to remove Pagacz reportedly because the girls changed their stories after Pagacz was charged. (Buffalo News [New York]
A charge of raping one of the girls, who was 16 years old, was dropped when the girl refused to testify. Pagacz is said to have threatened to have the girl deported to her native Poland if she told. (The Union-News
Pagacz stayed in his position at St. Valentine's until March 1997, when he abruptly left. (The Union-News
Source: News reports.
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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 27, 2010.
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