Former Priest Charged with Child Sexual Assault

By Melissa McCrady
Today's TMJ
August 31, 2009

WAUKESHA - A former priest who worked in Brookfield has been charged with sexually assaulting a child.

James Blume will face a judge for the first time Monday morning.

Blume taught religious education classes at St. Luke's Parish in Brookfield.

The alleged victim and the victim's family were members there.

Blume will make an appearance at the Waukesha County Courthouse on charges of sex abuse.

His home diocese is Fort Wayne, Indiana, but he spent most of the 1970's working within the Milwaukee archdiocese - specifically at St. Luke's Parish.

He is also believed to have worked at St. Charles' boys facility in Wauwatosa.

Blume now lives in Florida, but was arrested for violating Wisconsin's "fleeing sex offender" law.

At least two child sex abuse civil suits were filed against the Fort Wayne diocese regarding Blume.

The charges against Blume are the first that he's faced in the state of Wisconsin.

SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) claims that Blume had his priestly duties removed in 2008.


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