Despite a May 1990 memo by a diocese official worrying about "a developing pattern of accusations" that the Rev. Charles Carr of Norwalk had fondled young boys, then-Bishop Edward Egan kept Carr working as a priest until 1995, when he suspended him only after a lawsuit was filed.
At that time, Egan's aide, Vicar Laurence R. Bronkiewicz, wrote a sympathetic note to Carr.
"Trusting that you understand the reasons for these actions, I join Bishop Egan in praying that the Lord will bless you with the graces you need at this time in your life," Bronkiewicz wrote.
Egan reinstated Carr in 1999 as a part-time chaplain at a church-run nursing home in Danbury.
In an August 1996 deposition, Christopher Surran, 38, said he and another boy were molested by Carr while Surran and his family were parishioners at Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton. Carr had insisted on taking the boys on an hourlong visit to the priest's sister's house in New York. Surran said he was in fifth or sixth grade at the time.
On the drive to New York, Surran said Carr, who was driving, began aggressively tickling the other boy, who was sitting in the front passenger seat. On the return trip, Surran said he sat in the front passenger seat and he became the subject of Carr's aggressive attentions after the other boy had been dropped at his home.
"After we dropped off Stephen, he started tickling me further, and then he tried to stick his hand down my pants further trying to touch my penis," Surran said in the deposition.
Surran said he was afraid and fought back, kicking at Carr and calling him a pervert. At that point, Surran said the priest became subdued.
"He said he gets out of control sometimes," Surran testified at the deposition. "He has trouble controlling himself."
Following a complaint by Surran's parents, Carr was removed from Our Lady of Fatima. But Surran testified that his family learned later on that Carr had been reassigned as a spiritual adviser at Central Catholic High School in Bridgeport.
In an Oct. 5, 1995 deposition, Carr admitted repeatedly "tickling" boys, but said it was "just playing around, horsing around."
Bishop William Lori finally defrocked Carr in 2002 and referred him to state child protection authorities after receiving a new complaint. Carr is no longer a priest.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun