Retired Priest Charged with Taking Indecent Liberties with a Child

072717 Gervase Cain

Gervase Cain


Fair Oaks Police District – A retired priest was arrested yesterday morning for an alleged crime against a child that occurred about 14 years ago. Sometime in 2003, Gervase Cain, then 72 years old, allegedly touched a 15-year-old girl inappropriately during a consultation at the victim’s home in Fairfax. Cain, who is now 86 and living in Pennsylvania, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship.

The case was initially reported in 2004, but the complaint was then withdrawn. It was reopened in May of this year, and after consultation with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, a warrant was issued on July 17. Cain turned himself in yesterday at a police station after learning of the warrant.

We would like to hear from anyone who may have additional information on this case, or may be a victim. You can call Detective J. Linebaugh at 703-246-7800, or the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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