Catholic Priest Arrested in Chicago As Suspect in Douglas County Sex Assault

By Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
November 21, 2011

A 67-year-old Catholic priest from Chicago has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child in Douglas County.

Father Richard James Kurtz was arrested in Chicago today and charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and attempted sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, according to a Douglas County Sheriff's Office media release.

The sheriff's office special victims unit began investigating Kurtz in June when the Society of Jesus Chicago-Detroit Province notified Douglas County of alleged crimes that occurred in 2001.

A warrant was issued for the suspect's arrest on Friday.

Kurtz was a chemistry teacher at the University of Detroit High School in Detroit at the time of the alleged Douglas County assault.

The victim was a male under the age of 18 at the time, the sheriff's office said. The alleged assault did not have any connection to a Colorado church.

Kurtz was booked today into the Chicago jail on a $100,000 bond.

An investigation is on-going.

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