Fr. William C. Wert

Order: OCarm
Ordained: 1986
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Previously worked in CA. Charged in 2007 in D.C. with abuse of 14-year-old boy. Convicted in 9/07 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 2/1/11; accused of sex with a 14-year-old boy between 9/10 and 1/11. Father told police after finding improper messages on boy’s phone. Civil suit filed 3/11. Order paid $1.75M to settle 7/15/11. Criminal trial held 2/13. Convicted 3/1/13. Sentenced to life in prison 5/13. Added in 2/21 to the Joliet diocese’s list, where he worked 1987-93 and 2001-04.


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