Fr. William T. Schwartz

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Allegation first public in 2003. Accused of abusing boys in the 1960s and 1970s. Laicized 11/05. A lawsuit filed in 2004 settled in 2005 for $100K. Three plaintiffs settled in 2/06 as part of settlement involving several priests. Settled with Schwartz in 4/06. At least one more claim included in $2.6M settlement with archdiocese in 3/07. Three cases were included in 1/08 settlement with archdiocese. At least one more included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

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