Archdiocese of Washington
Assigned as follows:
- 1984 – 1989 St. Joseph’s Preparatory (Philadelphia, PA)
- 1989 – 2004 Georgetown Preparatory School (Bethesda, MD)
- 2003 – 2006 Loyola College (Baltimore, MD)
- 2006 – 2009 Baltimore Jesuit Fathers and Brothers Maryland Provincial Curia (Baltimore, MD)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Garrett Orr:
According to media reports, in the fall of 2003, the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) received an allegation that Father Garrett Orr sexually abused a 16-year old boy at Georgetown Prep in 2002.
In fall 2003, the boy told his guidance counselor. The headmaster dismissed the allegations as untrue, and the matter was not reported to the Montgomery County Police Department for seven months.
In 2004, the allegation was investigated by police and the Maryland Jesuits. Father Orr was suspended and barred him from having “one-on-one contact with students” at Loyola College, where he had transferred.
In 2006, the church found the allegation to be “substantially true.”
In 2009, police reopened an investigation after learning of another allegation of abuse against Orr from the late 1980s. A former Prep student told police that Father Orr had sexually abused him over the course of a semester in 1989, when he was 14 years old. On at least five occasions, according to a court transcript, Father Orr fondled the boy’s penis, and had the boy fondle Orr’s penis.
In 2011, Father Orr pled guilty to two counts of a fourth-degree sex offense in Montgomery County Circuit Court and was given a one-year sentence behind bars, with most of the jail time suspended. He was also ordered to serve five years of unsupervised probation and register as a sex offender, according to court records and published reports.
Father Orr was laicized in 2008.
In December 2018, Father Orr’s name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
In February 2019, Father Orr’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.
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