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


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