Joliet Priest Charged with Abusing Teenage Boys

December 21, 2006

Joliet, Ill. Authorities say a Roman Catholic priest in Joliet with a history of child molestation has been charged with sexually abusing two teenage boys.

Will County state's attorney's office spokesman Charles Pelkie says Louis Rogge was indicted today on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Pelkie says the 76-year-old Rogge (ROH'-geh) was a "spiritual adviser" to the victims and a long-time friend of their family.

He says that in the summer of 1996, Rogge abused one of the boys, who was 15 at the time, and three years later abused his younger brother.

Pelkie says Rogge pleaded guilty to child molestation charges in Athens, Georgia, in 1974. He was sentenced to six years probation.

Rogge is a Carmelite priest and is not part of the Joliet Diocese.


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