Fr. William C. Wert

Order: OCarm
Ordained: 1986
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Assigned in Ontario Canada, Milwaukee WI, Middletown NY, Houston TX, Washington DC, Encino CA, Joliet and Chicago IL. Charged in 2007 in D.C. with the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy. Convicted in 9/2007 of simple assault; sentenced to 180 days in jail and 5 years’ probation. Living at Order’s retirement home in FL when arrested in Venice FL 2/1/2011; accused of sexually abusing another 14-year-old boy between 9/2010 and 1/2011. The boy’s father contacted police after finding improper messages on the boy’s phone. Civil suit filed in 3/2011. Order paid $1.75M to settle in 7/15/2011. Criminal trial held in 2/2013. Convicted 3/1/2013. Sentenced to life in prison 5/2013. Laicized in 3/2015. Included in 2020 on the Los Angeles archdiocese’s list and in 11/22/20  on the Carmelites’ list. Added in 2/2021 to the Joliet diocese’s list. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General’s Report.

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