Richard James Kurtz, Jesuit Priest, Arrested on Decade-Old Sexual Assault Charges

Huffington Post
November 22, 2011

[with video]

A Jesuit Priest was arrested in Chicago Monday morning without incident on charges that he sexually assaulted a Douglas County child 10 years ago.

Rev. Richard James Kurtz, 67, worked as a chemistry teacher at the University of Detroit High School in Detroit Michigan at the time of the alleged assault, according to a press release by the Douglas County Sheriff's office. Police say Kurtz and the boy, who was under the age of 18 at the time, knew each other and were in Douglas County when the alleged assault took place but cannot say how they knew one another, where the boy is from, or what they were doing in Colorado since the case is sealed.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ron Hanavan told the Associated Press that Kurtz's order, the Society of Jesus Chicago-Detroit Province, notified the department in June about the alleged assault, and an arrest warrant was issued on Nov. 18. Police also say this case has no connection with any Colorado church.

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

He is being charged with sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and attempted sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, both

Any original material on these pages is copyright 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.