Former Quincy Priest Named in Sexual Abuse Complaint

By Steve Gonzalez
Madison County Record
November 14, 2007

A man currently serving time for a sexual abuse conviction claims he was abused by a Catholic priest, according to a civil rights suit filed in Madison County on Nov. 8.

Gary Lange lodged his handwritten complaint against former priest Walter Weerts, the Catholic Archdiocese of Springfield, Jane Doe and John Doe, alleging he was sexually abused by Weerts from 1968 through 1970.

Lange claims that due to the alleged sexual abuse, he suffers from guilt, anger, frustration, sexual identity issues and chemical imbalances which led to him being sentenced to federal prison.

According to federal court documents, Lange was convicted of sexual abuse and was sentenced to serve at least 15 years in prison. At the time he filed his Madison County suit, he was incarcerated in Pekin. However, he is now located in Oklahoma City. He is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2008.


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