Joliet Priest Dies before He Is Sentenced for Abuse

Chicago Tribune
August 30, 2007,1,7798768.story

The Will County state's attorney's office has ended the sex-abuse prosecution of a 77-year-old Carmelite priest from Joliet after he died this month.

Rev. Louis Rogge died Aug. 8, just weeks after his attorney was granted a sentencing delay because Rogge expected to soon be formally diagnosed with lung cancer. The state's attorney's office ended the prosecution at a scheduled hearing in the case Tuesday.

Rogge in April pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for molesting two young teen brothers in the 1990s.

Rogge was sentenced to probation. He was removed from ministry in 2002.

In the recent case, he was expected to be sentenced to 30 days in jail and 4 years' probation. At the time, prosecutors noted he was under cardiac care.


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