Fr. William D. Virtue

Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Accused in 2006 of abuse in the Joliet diocese in 1980-1981. Not included on Joliet diocese’s list of confirmed abusers released 4/09/2006. Civil suit filed 5/2006. Worked in Joliet, Rockford and Peoria dioceses. Joliet settled suit as of 9/2007. Left Joliet and incardinated into Peoria in 1988. Peoria diocese removed his privileges in 2006. Canonical process pending 4/2014. Joliet diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/2014. On Rockford diocese’s list 11/14/2018. Noted to have been removed from ministry by Peoria and Rockford in 2/2006. Per Joliet list updated 12/2018, “on leave,” canonical process still pending. On the Peoria diocese’s list as of 2/2020. Mentioned in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General’s Report.

Return to main database page. See abbreviations and posting policy. Send corrections.

Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.