|Rev. Terry W. Specht
Summary of Case: Specht was placed on administrative leave in April 2012, due to an allegation that he had engaged in "sexual misconduct" with a teenage boy in the late 1990s. Specht was ordained in 1996, after a 21-year Navy career, where he worked on submarines. As a priest he was a high school chaplain and assistant principal, as well as the diocese's director of the Office of Child Protection and Safety, from 2004-2011. At the time of his removal from active ministry Specht was a parish pastor. Police launched a criminal investigation. Specht denied the allegations.
Incardinated: Arlington diocese
Arlington bishop was John Richard Keating (1983-1998), followed by Paul Stephen Loverde (1999-)
|2000||St. Mary of Sorrows||
• In Jan. 2012 a man reported to the diocese that Specht had engaged in "sexual misconduct" against him when the man was a minor in the late 1990s.
|VA||2/3||St. Mary's had a religious education program with 1,222-1,359 students. It also had a preschool.|
|2000||2007||St. Leo's||Fairfax||VA||4/4 In residence.||St. Leo's had a school with 562-490 students, and a religious education program with 397-787 students.|
|2000||2007||Fairfax Nursing Home||Fairfax||VA||This was a station of St. Leo's.|
|2000||2004||Paul VI Catholic High School||Fairfax||VA||chaplain; assistant principal||Paul VI Catholic High had 1,125-1,162 students.|
|2004||2011||Diocesan Office of Child Protection and Safety||Arlington||VA||interim director 2004-2006; director 2006-2011|
|2007||April 2012||Holy Spirit||Annandale||VA||1/3||
Holy Spirit had a school with 324-375 students, and a religious education program with 852-603 students.
Specht was placed on administrative leave in April 2012, after a man told the diocese in January that Specht engaged with "sexual misconduct" with him as a minor in the late 1990s. The diocese reported the complaint to the Fairfax County Police Department, which launched a criminal investigation. Specht denied the allegations.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1997-2011)
• Virginia Priest Who Headed Child Protection Office Is Accused of Abuse, By Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, April 18, 2012