Former Catholic Priest Charged for Sexual Abuse

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division have been investigating two reports of sexual abuse by a former Catholic Priest who, at the time of the abuse, was employed by the Georgetown Preparatory School located at 10900 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda, Maryland. The suspect, Garrett David Orr, age 57, from the 800 block of Olde Ingomar Court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, taught at the school between 1989 and 2003.
In 2010, detectives received two complaints alleging sexual abuse committed against two former students of the Georgetown Preparatory School. The first victim reported in June of 2010 that he had been inappropriately touched by Orr on campus in 1989. In December of 2010, another former student reported that he had been inappropriately touched by Orr on campus in 2002.

In the ensuing investigation, detectives traveled to McCandless Township, Pennsylvania, and, along with local police, coordinated their investigation, interrogation, and subsequent arrest of Orr.

On January 19, 2011, Orr was arrested and charged as a fugitive from justice in Pennsylvania, but was released. On January 25, 2011, Orr turned himself into Montgomery County authorities and was served with an arrest warrant charging him with two counts of child abuse and one count of third-degree sexual offense. Orr was released on January 26, after payment of a $50,000 bond.

The Georgetown Preparatory School is cooperating fully with the investigation.

Anyone who has knowledge of any inappropriate contact by the former priest with a juvenile is asked to contact detectives at the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division. Those with information should call Detective Mario Mastrangelo in the Family Crimes Division at 240.773.5432. Callers may remain anonymous.

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