Catholic priest arrested, accused of sexually assaulting woman during last rites


April 1, 2019

Catholic priest in Austin, Texas was arrested after police say he assaulted a woman in hospice care.

75-year-old Rev. Gerold Langsch has been charged with assault by contact, class a misdemeanor.

The incident allegedly happened in October 2018 when a woman was put on hospice care after suffering from several medical conditions. The police were contacted five days later, but an arrest wasn’t made until early March. The Austin Police Department says the investigation was delayed due to complications with the woman’s health. This month she was able to identify the priest in a lineup helping officers make an arrest.

While on hospice, the victim’s ex-husband contacted the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic-based fraternal service organization, to inform them of the victim’s illness.

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