IL- Joliet priest sentenced to life in prison for abuse
A convicted predator priest who headed a Joliet Catholic school in the 1990s before moving to Florida has been sentenced to life in prison after molesting again.
Fr. William C. Wert was sentenced last Thursday in Florida for molesting a boy for five months in the Venice diocese.
In 2007, he was convicted of molesting a Washington DC child but served only 15 days in jail. In 2001, he was living at a Catholic retirement home in Venice when he was arrested on the more recent abuse charge.
We hope Joliet Catholic officials will act. We hope they will aggressively seek out others who may have been hurt by Fr. Wert during his years in the Chicago area.
A photo of Fr. Wert is available at BishopAccountability.org
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50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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