Former Pueblo Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

Pueblo Chieftain
June 19, 2008

new lawsuit has been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo, alleging sexual abuse by a former diocesan priest in the late 1970s.

The suit was filed by a Pueblo man known as "John Doe," who claims he was abused by Rev. Michael Kurz. Kurz now serves as a vicar in Rockford, Ill.

The alleged victim says the abuse initially occurred in 1976 when he was in his early teens and continued through his first two years in high school.

The lawsuit was filed by the Miami law firm Herman & Mermelstein, which also represents numerous former Roncalli High School students who have accused a former teacher, Brother William Mueller, of sexually abusing them in the 1970s.

Monsignor Mark Plewka, a spokesman for the Pueblo Diocese, confirmed that the diocese had received a complaint against Kurz in late May. The complaint says the diocese knew of other abuses and failed to do anything to stop them.


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