Priest labeled as sexually violent admits St. Louis County crimes

Fred Lenczycki (Courtesy: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The man who became the first US priest to be labeled sexually violent for crimes in Illinois has admitted abusing two boys in Missouri.

Fred Lenczycki pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of sodomy for crimes that occurred in the early 1990s. He was serving at a parish in north St. Louis County at the time.

Lenczycki admitted grabbing the genitals of one boy and trying to force the other to expose himself. His sentencing is scheduled for August.

Lenczycki is now 74 and lives in suburban Chicago. Church and court files say he has admitted abusing as many as 30 boys over 25 years in Illinois, Missouri, and California.

He was removed from the ministry in 2002, when he was charged with sexually abusing three boys at a church in Hinsdale, Illinois, in the 1980s.

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