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Batavia man arrested in church incident

BATAVIA – Daniel Kuczka, 71, of Batavia, was arrested by Batavia police at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church on East Main Street for his allegedly unusual conduct during a late morning Mass Friday for students at Saint Joseph’s Elementary School and Notre Dame High School.

Batavia police said they were called by church officials after Kuczka walked into the church as the Mass was underway and allegedly began making inappropriate comments to church workers. As students were about to receive Holy Communion during the Mass Kuczka returned about 11 a.m. and grabbed a male student. He allegedly said to him: “Come with me.”

Police said church officials said Kuczka, who had no known relation to that student or to the church, escorted the student through the Communion line and took him back to a pew before going to the back of the church where police officers arrived and arrested him.

Kuczka was charged with third-degree criminal trespass and second-degree harassment and facing further proceedings in Batavia City Court. Officials at the Genesee County Jail Friday night told The Buffalo News that Kuczka posted bail in the afternoon and was released from custody pending further court proceedings.