František Merta

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František Merta (born 1951) caused a scandal in the Czech Republic in 2000 when, while serving as a Catholic priest in the Olomouc Archdiocese, he was convicted of indecent assault of 20 boys dating back to 1995.[1][2]


Merta was accused by a theology student, Václav Novák,[3] and was sentenced by a criminal court to a two-year suspended sentence. The archbishop of Olomouc, Jan Graubner, was accused of moving Merta to different posts in an attempt to cover up the case. Merta is still employed by the Catholic church as a civil employee in the archdiocese archives, though according to a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Olomouc, he has no contact with children.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Prague Post - News - Czech church responds to abuse scandal". Archived from the original on 2010-10-14. Retrieved 2010-11-24.
  2. ^ Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse deepens crisis in Church Current Affairs, Czech Radio, August 10, 2000
  3. ^ "The Catholic Church Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA)". Liberian Observer. Retrieved 2010-11-24.