Polish Church urged to check sex abuse claims against priest

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The mayor of Polish city of Gdansk has asked the local Catholic archbishop to investigate allegations that a deceased prominent priest of the Solidarity pro-democracy movement sexually abused minors.

The allegations against the late Mgr. Henryk Jankowski surfaced this week when Barbara Borowiecka described to the "Duzy Format" magazine and theTVN24 television how he abused her and others when she was a girl and his parishioner in the 1970s.

Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz said late Thursday he has written to Gdansk Archbishop Leszek Slawoj Glodz asking him to act on the allegations.

Jankowski rose to prominence in the 1980s through his support for Solidarity and its leader Lech Walesa in their struggle against Poland's communist regime.

World leaders including President George H.W. Bush and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited his church in recognition of his anti-communist activity.