Arlington, Va., Dec 30, 2021 / 13:00 pm
The Diocese of Arlington’s former director for the Office of Child Protection, Father Terry Specht, was indicted last week on two charges of sexual abuse.
A grand jury in Virginia indicted Specht Dec. 20 on one count of aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13 and one count of sexual abuse of a child over whom a custodial or supervisory relationship existed.
Michael Kelly, Chief of Staff for the office of Virginia’s attorney general, Mark Herring, told CNA that the maximum penalty for the first count is 20 years in prison, and five for the second.
A Dec. 28 press release from the attorney general’s office said that the complainant in the case brought the allegations against Specht in 2019. The diocese said allegations against Specht were brought to it in 2019, which were immediately referred to law enforcement. Specht was out of ministry at the time.