May 22nd, 2010
12:15 PM ET

Priest accused of having 'erotic dungeon' surrenders

[Updated 12:15 p.m. ET]  A Polish-born priest accused of sexually abusing minors in his parochial residence in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has turned himself in, state officials said Saturday.

State security officials said Marcin Michal Strachanowski, 44, surrendered to authorities Friday night in the village of Realengo.

State Civil Police had issued a "preventative arrest" warrant against Strachanowski on Thursday. The priest is accused of handcuffing a minor in 2006 and forcing him to perform sexual acts at his home in the Divino Espirito Santo church in Rio de Janeiro's west zone, the officials said.

In a press statement, the Rio de Janeiro archdiocese said it has suspended Strachanowski from his duties and that in addition to the criminal inquiry, the church has called on a ecclesiastic tribunal to oversee a canonical trial.

"The archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro laments the incident, especially for the people involved, especially for the possible victims, and clarifies that the mentioned clergyman already finds himself suspended of his parochial functions," the statement said.

According to Brazil's Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, the priest could not be found Friday morning.

The newspaper reported that a 16-year old alleged victim told investigators that after being frequently raped by the priest, he was forced to remain silent and was threatened regularly.

Citing court statements, the newspaper reported that criminal Judge Alexandre Abrahao Dias Teixeira said police investigations revealed the profile of a man with a "compulsive attraction to having sex with adolescents" and that he had allegedly turned his parish residence into an "erotic dungeon" where he forced boys to have sex with him.

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  1. Josh

    What's wrong with religious people. They're all so twisted.. I'm actually scared of anyone who believes in fairies. (I mean God)

    May 23, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Sweet William Now

    PRIESTS AND MINISTERS "LOVE" THOSE YOUNG PINK BUNG-HOLES AND NUT-SACKS.......SO IF YOU EVER HEAR...... "OH OH YEAH! OH YES MY SON OOOOOOHH......AAAAHHHH...F*#K YEAH!!!!"........COMING FROM THE CONFESSION BOOTH, YOU'LL KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS!!!..........HEY DON'T LOOK AT ME!.....THESE RAPIST PRIESTS AND MINISTERS DO THIS STUFF....FOR REAL!!!!!!

    May 23, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. kenr

    I guess I have to use profanity and ignorance to get on this blog.
    I am reporting the abuse this blog seems to condone!!!!!!

    May 23, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sweet William Now

      Oh.....OK.....KKKEN!....YOU DO THAT!....F*#KFACE!!!!!!!!YOU PROBABLY LIKE LITTLE BOYS TOO, HUH!

      May 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cindy

    You guys are so off-track, but its easy to see why.
    The priest is an atheist. He is only using his position to get what he wants. He doesn't believe in God or his so-called religion. He can abuse children because he doesn't report to a higher being. He is an atheist. Like all of the so-called atheists here. You don't believe in religion or God, but you still use it to get what you want.
    I am so thankful that I have not shut God out of my world, I know that I have hope for today and for when my days are gone. I pray for the victims of the abusers. And I pray that atheists will not be so selfish to think that THEY created themselves but will one day have an epiphany and realize we ALL answer for our lives, all of us, even those who think they are as high as the Gods.

    May 23, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Cathal

    Religion is a crutch for the morally unstable. Using a parochial tapestry to cloak ones abuse of people and power is an all too common occurrence.

    May 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sweet William Now

    PRIESTS AND MINISTERS "LOVE" THOSE YOUNG PINK BUNG-HOLES AND NUT-SACKS.......SO IF YOU EVER HEAR...... "OH OH YEAH! OH YES MY SON OOOOOOHH......AAAAHHHH...F*#K YEAH!!!!"........COMING FROM THE CONFESSION BOOTH, YOU'LL KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS!!!..........HEY DON'T LOOK AT ME!.....THESE RAPIST PRIESTS AND MINISTERS DO THIS STUFF....FOR REAL!!!!!!....INDEED.

    May 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Damiao

    Unfortunately this event takes place almost every week around the world, the Priest should be married in order to avoid this abuse against children. http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com

    May 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Ti

    OMG it's Satan!!!! satan makes the priest molest little boys!!!!
    you religious sheeps make me sick.
    pick and choose "rules" from you BS little book written by men hungry for power and gold.
    interpret those rules as you see fit to justify whatever the hell you want...
    stop hidding behind god/satan/faeries/unicorns/bigcheeseinthesky and just live a decent life and be decent to others.
    not because you fear hell, but because being decent to one another makes life bearable for all.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Disappointed

    Ok, so i see that everyone thinks that all christians are what these priests are....first of all, these priests are christians who have a distorted view of religion....they know that what they do is wrong, yet they do it because the catholic curch gives them no liberty to have a legal partner, and the only way they can get anything is to prey on altar boys....so the first problem is the RCC!!! when they do hear about it, they don't DO anything about it....ok now, u cant throw the baby out with the bathwater...the priests are wrong, and according to what true christianity says, they are going to be punished later maybe not even in this life...they willl burn for their wrongdoings....but the majority of christianity is not this way.....if you follow the laws and rules in the bible, you will not do stuff like this and these priests obbviously do NOT follow the bible.......can i comment on one more thing? just look at the comments on this forum....you can pick out which ones are from non-christians versus christians. the non-christians use expletives and curses and they talk about hell as if it is nothing to thema nd they are looking forward to going there....WOW!! quite the difference there...just this simple comparison can show you the example that christians (NOT INCLUDING THE PRIESTS) give to the world

    October 20, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. CrazyHorse

    mas bigotry!

    May 22, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. THomas

    RUDE

    May 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. M.D.Jonas

    THEN TELL YOUR PRIESTS AND MINISTERS TO STOP RAPING KIDS!!!!.....TOM!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. millstone

    It seems to me that you have a personal relationship with Satan since you obviously think you know him so well. Satan distracts us all the time to produce evil. YOU were "heard" the FIRST time you posted but it seems that you just cannot get enough "attention" & failed to get enough people to follow, recognize or believe what you aretrying to say.. just as Satan himself?...hmmmmm

    May 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Front St.

    Hey Millstone, SATAN IS A F#*KING SAINT COMPARED TO YOUR EVIL RAPIST PRIESTS AND MINISTERS......AND YOU CONDONE (OVERLOOK) THEIR ACTIONS JUST LIKE MOST OTHER OBTUSE CHRISTIANS!!! THESE MONSTERS ARE RAPISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DON'T YOU F#*KING GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. millstone

    First of all? You do not even know me... If you did you would know how this kind of thing happening saddens me. Especially knowing that Satan himself IS behind it...with that being a FACT? You seem to have issues just as bad if not worse than this priest since it is very clear to me that you DO have a personal relationship with Satan, you DO worship him, therefore you ARE a "Satanist"... You shouldn't even comment on this blog... Athiest, Buddhist, Muslims, Jews, Christians, etc.. SHOULD... They do not worship Satan..Satan caused this- you worship him... so? Away with you.. YOU caused this... You proud?

    May 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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