Fr. Walter M. Weerts

Ordained: 1960
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Pleaded guilty in 1986 to abuse of three boys. Sentenced to six years in prison. Pre-sentencing report says Weerts was sexually involved with boys for at least 18 years and officials knew of his problems. Served about three years. Laicized during or shortly after release from prison. Diocese settled with three in 1987. Laicized 3/2/89. Settlements of eight more claims in 2004 for total of $1.2M. New suit filed 11/07 alleged abuse 1968-1970. On diocese’s list released 11/29/18.

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