Former priest convicted on financial crimes now accused of sexual contact with a minor

Marcin Garbacz, 42, of Rapid City, South Dakota. [Image credit: Rapid City Journal]


42-year-old Marcin Garbacz was sentenced today for 65 financial crimes a jury found him guilty of in March, and the is due to appear back in court tomorrow concerning new charges related to the discovery of child pornography found on his electronic devices.


The discovery was made while federal investigators were searching a thumb drive looking for evidence concerning $260,000 in cash donations that had been made to the Diocese of Rapid City.


Today's sentence will send him to federal prison for seven years and nine months.  He was additionally ordered to pay a total restitution to three Rapid City parishes totaling $258,696 and $46,008 to the Internal Revenue Service. He could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison.


The Rapid City Journal reports that he was indicted on charges of "engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place" and possession of child pornography in February, but that the indictment was only unsealed on Friday.  The crimes are said to have taken place between June 21 and July 7, 2011, when Garbacz was still a chaplain and teacher for the Rapid City Catholic Schools System.


According to the indictment, Garbacz travelled to another country where he engaged in sexual conduct with a boy under the age of 18.


Federal investigators believe that Garbacz produced at least one video recovered from his thumb drive  which depicted "child sexual exploitation."


He will be back at the federal courthouse in Rapid City at 10 am.



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