Joliet Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing 2 Brothers
First Criminal Case Filed in Will County

Daily Southtown [Joliet IL]
December 21, 2006,dst_priestcharged_1221.article

A Catholic priest was indicted in Will County on charges he sexually abused two teenaged brothers he was counseling, the state's attorney's office announced today.

Louis Rogge, 76, a Carmelite priest, was indicted by a grand jury on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Each felony carries a prison sentence of between three and seven years if found guilty.

The indictment against Rogge is the first criminal sexual abuse case filed against a Catholic priest in Will County since sexual abuse by priests became a national scandal in 2002.

Rogge was a longtime family friend and a spiritual adviser to both teens. Both youths were 15 years old at the time of the alleged abuse. The first is alleged to have occurred in the summer of 1996, and the second was in the summer of 1999, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said.

The victims' family members brought the allegations to the state's attorney's office.

Rogge was expected to turn himself in at the Will County Jail this morning on $40,000 bail. He must post $4,000 to be released pending trial.


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