Snap: Priest Nabbed on Sexual Assault Charges Lives at Loyola

November 23, 2011

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CHICAGO (WLS) - A Catholic priest arrested Monday by the FBI for allegedly sexually assaulting a child in Michigan lived in one of Loyola University Chicago's Jesuit residences at the time of his arrest, according to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

The Rev. Richard James Kurtz, 67, was taken into custody at 2050 N. Clark St. by the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force and was ordered held on a $100,000 bond, according to FBI spokesman Ross Rice. An arrest warrant had been issued Friday.

Kurtz worked as a chemistry teacher at University of Detroit High School in Detroit, Mich., at the time of the alleged assault, which occurred when the victim and Kurtz were in Douglas County, Colo., according to the U.S. Attorney's office. The victim was a male under the age of 18 at the time.

Kurtz is charged with sexual assault of a child by one in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony, and two counts of attempted sexual assault of a child by one in a position of trust, The Douglas County (Colo.) Sheriff's office handled the investigation, which is ongoing, though the assault did not have a connection to any church in Colorado, a release from the sheriff's office said.

SNAP on Friday said Kurtz lived at Loyola University at the time of his arrest. At least two other Jesuits accused of sexual assaults have lived or worked at Loyola in recent years, the organization said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report

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