Surgery Delays Priest's Sentencing in Abuse Case

Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2007,1,

Joliet - The sentencing of a 77-year-old Carmelite priest for sexual abuse was delayed Thursday after his attorney, Cynthia Giacchetti, told a Will County judge her client likely has lung cancer and was undergoing surgery to confirm the diagnosis.

Rev. Louis Rogge of Joliet pleaded guilty in April to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for molesting two brothers in the 1990s when they were young teenagers.

Under a plea deal, he was expected to be sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail and four years' probation. Rogge also must register as a sex offender.

Judge Richard Schoenstedt had said he would accept the plea deal if Rogge cooperated with a sex-offender evaluation and stayed out of trouble until sentencing.

The attorneys and Schoenstedt agreed to review Rogge's medical condition on Aug. 28.


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