Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Dies in Wisconsin

WOI [Des Moines IA]
February 10, 2006

DES MOINES, Iowa A retired Roman Catholic priest from the Dubuque Archdiocese who was accused of sexually abusing several boys in the 1950s has died.

The Reverend William Goltz died on January seventh at a hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where he was living. He was 80.

Archdiocese spokesman James Barta says the archdiocese was told of Goltz's death, but was not told the cause of death. Barta says Goltz had been ill and had been in the hospital for several days.

Goltz, who was named in three lawsuits filed last year, was banned by the Vatican from performing the duties of a priest.

A victim's advocacy group, the Iowa Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priest, or SNAP, says Goltz - quote -- "can't hurt children any more."


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