The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
St. Louis Priest Pleads Guilty to Having Child Porn
June 20, 2006
Statement by David Clohessy of
We're grateful that Fr. Daniel Schulte has pled guilty, and
we're grateful to the federal prosecutors who pursued this case. We suspect
that he has hurt other kids, and we hope they'll find the courage and
strength to come forward, get help, and contact the police.
Here is a partial list of Schulte's assignments:
Child porn is not a victimless crime. We hope his superiors
will aggressively reach out to anyone else who Schulte may have harmed.
It's worth noting that Schulte is one of dozens of sexually
troubled priests from across the country who've been sent and continue
to be sent to St. Louis for 'treatment' and housing in several church-run
centers here. This policy, we believe, needlessly puts families and unsuspecting
neighbors at risk.
Abusive diocesan priests are still being transferred and bishops
are still covering up the crimes. But abusive religious order priests
are even more 'under the radar' than their brethren diocesan clergy. We
hope that religious orders will work harder to prevent sex crimes by clergy
and will be more open about those crimes when they occur.
Here's today's story: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=4290222
Priest, formerly of Chicago area, pleads guilty
to having child porn
The Reverend Daniel Schulte was former chaplain at Saint Alexius
Medical Center. The 53-year-old was accused after federal investigators
found still and video sexual images of children on the hard drive of his
The plea agreement says the images include girls and boys
younger than 12 years old and some involve material that portrays sadistic
or masochistic acts.
The Vincentian priest was not accused of engaging in sexual
activity with children.
Feds charge priest with downloading child porn
Chicago Sun-Times, Mar 22, 2006 by Natasha Korecki
A priest who recently served as hospital chaplain at St. Alexius
Medical Center in Hoffman Estates downloaded child pornography onto his
personal computer, federal authorities said Tuesday.
Daniel Schulte, 53, formerly of Chicago, was charged with
one count of possession of child pornography after the feds allegedly
found an "unspecified" number of pornographic images of children
on his computer. He's not accused of misconduct against children.
The Rev. Raymond Van Dorpe, assistant provincial of the Midwest
Province of the Congregation of the Mission, said Schulte was removed
from ministry last year and sent to St. Louis, where he and his Internet
activity could be monitored. Schulte's supervisors immediately called
the FBI and turned over Schulte's computer, Van Dorpe said.
Statement by Barbara Dorris of
We're grateful that Fr. Daniel Schulte has been charged but disappointed again that a priest's alleged sexual misconduct is exposed by law enforcement, not by church officials, who kept Schulte's crime secret for at least a year.
We hope that St. Louis Catholic officials will 'come clean' about Schulte's transfer here and disclose what he's been doing in St. Louis. We hope that no local child has been hurt by Schulte. If he did assault any kids here, it will likely be years or decades before we know it.
Dozens and dozens of proven or admitted sex offending Catholic clerics are still quietly being imported into St. Louis from across the country. This secrecy and recklessness puts kids needlessly at risk. At least three clerics from elsewhere came here allegedly for treatment and molested St. Louis children. As a result, every day our kids are still vulnerable. Yet Archbishop Burke refuses to consider or discuss our proposed moratorium on this potentially dangerous practice. We hope he'll reconsider.
According to the Official Catholic Directory, among other places, Fr.
Schulte worked and/or lived in Texas, Missouri and Illinois.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests