Accused Priest Dies in Illinois

Online Athens
September 1, 2007

A former Carmelite priest who pleaded guilty to child molestation in Athens in 1974 has died in Illinois before he could be sentenced in another molestation case.

Louis Rogge, 77, of Joliet, Ill., died Aug. 8 after being diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

According to the Tribune, Rogge in April pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for molesting two young teen brothers in the 1990s. The abuse occurred in the bedrooms of the boys, for whom Rogge was acting as "a spiritual adviser," Assistant State's Attorney Neil Adams said.

Rogge was removed from ministry in 2002.

In the Illinois case, he was expected to be sentenced to 30 days in jail and 4 years of probation.

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