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Priest accused of luring teens seeks probation

By ELIZABETH BENTON
Register Staff
Published on 10/07/2004

ANSONIA ó A local priest who was accused in April of trying to lure two teenage girls into his vehicle has applied for a lenient form of probation that is reserved for first-time offenders, court officials said.

Miroslaw Jatsiv, 35, of Greenfield Drive, a former priest at SS. Peter and Paul Church, is charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and refusal to be fingerprinted after he allegedly tried to lure two teenage girls into his van, police said.

Jatsiv applied for the accelerated rehabilitation program at Superior Court in Derby Tuesday. A judge will decide whether to accept his application following a hearing Oct. 25, said Assistant Stateís Attorney Kimberly Perelli, who is assigned to the case.

"Itís a program anybody can apply for if they donít have a criminal record," she said. If participants comply with the terms of their probation, at the completion of the program their criminal record is purged.

The two 14-year-old girls were walking near Ford and Benz streets in the cityís Hilltop neighborhood at about 5:40 p.m. April 19, when Jatsiv allegedly approached them in a van and ordered them inside, police said.

When the girls refused, Jatsiv allegedly got out of the vehicle and began walking after the girls, police said. One of the girls called her father on a cell phone; the father met the girls in his car, located Jatsivís green van and reported its location, police said.

Police located Jatsivís van several minutes later on Velms Drive.

Police have not determined Jatsivís alleged motives for trying to lure the girls into the van and said there was no indication he wanted to harm them, police said.

At the time of the incident, Jatsiv was on leave of absence from SS. Peter and Paul Ukranian Catholic Church, 105 Clifton Ave.

Neither Jatsiv nor his attorney, Kevin Condon, was available for comment.

The Rev. Ihor Midzak of the Ukranian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford said Jatsiv was placed on leave two years ago, after refusing to accept a new assignment in Staten Island. Midzak said Jatsivís arrest would "weigh very heavily in making any decision to accept him back."

Elizabeth Benton can be reached at ebenton@nhregister.com or 734-2813.

© New Haven Register 2004



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