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04-19-2004, 05:18 AM
Priest claims men's naked ordeal was spiritual not sexual
Sydney Morning Herald | April 19, 2004

A US priest jailed for indecency claims he ordered men to strip naked, then gagged and blindfolded them, hung them upside down from the ceiling and manipulated their gentials to induce pain for spiritual reasons and not sexual gratification, his lawyer said today.

Anthony Jablonowski, 69, was sentenced to between 15 months and seven years in prison for one count of taking indecent, immodest or immoral liberties with a minor, his lawyer Dallas Laird said. The amount of time he serves will depend on his behaviour in prison.

The victim, now in his late 30s, stepped forward recently with allegations that Jablonowski had molested him at least once in the early 1980s at St Anthony Catholic Church in Guernsey, about 160 kilometres north of Cheyenne. He was 17 at the time.

During an investigation, authorities learned that Jablonowski regularly took men to the church basement, asking them to strip naked before they were gagged, blindfolded and hung upside down from the ceiling, Platte County prosecutor Eric Alden told The Denver Post in today's editions.

According to Alden, the men's genitals were manipulated to induce pain while they prayed. He could not be reached for comment today.

Laird said his client could not talk about the rituals, citing an oath of confidentiality concerning prayer and confession.

The activities were not sexual, and were tied to a legitimate practice of penance and redemptive suffering, Laird said. Several people testified they found the prayers spiritual - not sexual - in nature.

"There are certain things that happen which are not sexual but could be interpreted that way," Laird said.

According to the Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne, Jablonowski was a priest in Wyoming for about 10 years. He was serving at a monastery in Ohio when the molestation charges surfaced, Laird said.

Jablonowski, whose priestly faculties were revoked after the allegations surfaced, remained at the Platte County jail today. It was unclear whether he would be transferred to a state corrections facility because of safety concerns, Laird said.

04-19-2004, 05:37 PM
That's just harsh Chiba... yea there are bad apples in the church, I think that was found out around the time of the Inquisisition... BTW I am talking about those persecutting in the inquisition.