Wilfred Englert

Princeton Daily Clarion
August 12, 2005

JASPER-A 52-year-old Roman Catholic priest from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Jasper, was arrested Thursday afternoon by the Indiana State Police and faces five criminal charges after being accused of molesting a 19-year-old mentally disabled man.

According to an ISP press release, Father Wilfred L. Englert, pastor of the Jasper church, turned himself in at Dubois County Circuit Court, in Jasper, after an almost month-long investigation by the ISP following allegations of sexual abuse by a 19-year-old mentally disabled man.

A criminal investigation began on July 18 after the alleged victim told police that Englert had abused him several times between April and June 2005, according to police.

The alleged molestations took place while Enlglert and the disabled man, whom police said had been friends for about a year, were camping at Patoka Lake in Orange County and at other times at a Dubois County residence.

The alleged victim resides with his parents, who have legal guardianship, police said.

Englert was charged with two counts of sexual battery, a Class D felony, in Dubois County, and was arraigned and released Thursday after posting an $800 cash bond.

He was taken to the ISP Jasper District Post for processing and then transported to Orange County, where he was charged with two additional counts of felony sexual battery and one count of deviant sexual conduct, a Class B felony.

Englert was released after posting a $1,000 cash bond in Orange County Jail.


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