Catholic priest steps down after being seen walking naked through Indiana grade school

By Christopher Brennan
Daily Mail (UK)
August 22, 2015

Father Bill O'Toole, 45, has stepped down from his post as pastor of St Casimir school in Hammond, Indiana, after being seen walking around naked

The pastor of a Catholic parish has stepped down after being seen walking around naked in an accompanying school.

Father Bill O'Toole, 45, has taken a leave of absence from his position as the head of St Casimir Catholic School, which enrolls preschoolers through middle schoolers in the Chicago suburb of Hammond, Indiana.

Police were called on the priest after he was spotted through a window walking alone and naked through the school around 5pm on August 9, a Sunday.

'School officials ... were already on scene and had knowledge of the situation,' police told the NWI Times.

Debbie Bosak, a spokeswoman for the diocese of Gary, Indiana, said that there were no children present.

A secretary was in the school but not aware that O'Toole was walking around. 

St Casimir had been offering summer school during the two weeks before and after the incident. Normal classes resume Thursday.

'He apologized and said it's a regrettable lack of judgement on his part,' Bosak said.

Police said that the nakedness, which was on property owned by the diocese, was not criminal and that no charges have been filed.



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