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Witness Testifies, Third Allegation Presented against Retired Catholic Priest

By Ben Matthews
Southeast Missourian
March 3, 2020

https://www.semissourian.com/story/2672596.html

One witness took the stand and publicly testified to his allegations of being sexually assaulted by retired Catholic priest Fred Lutz at a bond hearing Monday.

The retired priest was arrested Feb. 19 at his home in Springfield, Missouri, and charged with the unclassified felony of forcible sodomy, two class C felony counts of second-degree statutory sodomy and one class C felony count of sexual abuse.

Lutzís case was referred to Stoddard County prosecutors after a yearlong investigation by the Missouri Attorney Generalís Office into allegations of sexual abuses committed in Missouri by clergy members in the Roman Catholic Church.

In August 2018, a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation showed more than 300 priests were accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children in six Roman Catholic dioceses, and inspired multiple investigations in other states.

 

 

 

 

 




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