Indiana Catholic priest Basil Hutsko attacked on altar, FBI investigate

A Catholic priest Rev. Basil Hutsko was beaten on Monday morning as he finished celebrating liturgy at his church in Merrillville, Indiana.

Basil Hutsko was rushed to hospital after being throttled, beaten to the ground and knocked unconscious at St. Michael’s Byzantine Church in Merrilville.

The Priest said the attacker grabbed him, choked him and threw him to the ground and knocked him unconscious,” Loya said. “He was wearing gloves. Father Basil does not know who it was, but while he was attacking him, he heard the attacker say, ‘This is for all the kids.’”

Hutsko is currently undergoing tests to establish the extent of his injuries, with Loya saying he and other innocent priests have been on their guard since the abuse scandal broke last week.

Loya said,has never been accused of sexual abuse.“He’s a very dedicated priest and hardworking and in good standing, it’s just a random act of an innocent priest,”.

Merrillville police has transferred the case to FBI, now probing the attack on Hutsko who are investigating it as a hate crime, although no arrest has been made.

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