Fr. William Q. Simms
Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD
Removed from parish work in 1985. Two separate civil suits filed in 1988 accused Simms of forcing altar boys to dress in skimpy, sexually provocative briefs, act out religious fantasies and wrestle with him. One suit claimed abuse in 1982, the other in 1984-85. Police investigated in 1985 but agreed not to press charges if Simms received counseling and was removed from contact with minors. Allowed to serve on the Archdiocesan Tribunal. Received therapy at St. Luke Institute in Suitland, MD. Both cases settled in 1989 or 1990. In 1988 the archdiocese acknowledged Simms molested boys, saying there were “only two” victims. Cardinal asked Simms to resign/retire from his administrative job with the archdiocese in 5/02. Died in 9/05.
- Archdiocese of Baltimore 9.25.02
- United Press International 03.22.88
- Star-Democrat 03.23.88
- United Press International 10.27.88
- United Press International 03.28.89
- The Capital 06.22.94
- Baltimore Sun 06.23.94
- Baltimore Sun 05.17.02
- Baltimore Sun 05.19.02
- Archdiocese of Baltimore 09.25.02
- Baltimore Sun 10.03.05
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