Jesuit Arrested For Alleged Sex Assault In Douglas County

By: AP
By: AP

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado authorities say a Jesuit priest in Chicago accused of sexually assaulting a minor 10 years ago has been arrested.

The Douglas County sheriff's office said that Rev. Richard James Kurtz was arrested Monday in Chicago. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

The assault allegedly happened in Douglas County, south of Denver, in 2001 while Kurtz was working as a chemistry teacher at the University of Detroit High School in Detroit.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ron Hanavan said that Kurtz's order notified the department in June about the alleged assault. He said Kurtz and the alleged male victim knew each another but he couldn't say where the victim was from or what they were doing in Colorado because the case is sealed. He said there's no connection with any Colorado church.


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  • by Concerned Detroiter Location: Detroit, MI on Nov 22, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    Full Press Release available at: http://www.uofdjesuit.org/files/Press_Release_Kurtz.pdf
  • by Concerned Detroiter Location: Detroit, MI on Nov 22, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    U of D Jesuit’s response to alleged incident in 2001: The protection of our students and all children are of the utmost importance to University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. Upon learning of this incident in 2001, the school, in conjunction with the Society of Jesus Detroit Province (now Chicago‐Detroit Province), took swift action.  James Kurtz was immediately removed from his teaching position at the school and removed from the premises after allegations of abuse were made in April 2001.  The Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus immediately removed James Kurtz from active ministry in April 2001. He has remained in inactive ministry since that time.  The school contacted the State of Michigan’s Children’s Protective Services (now Family Independence Agency) and reported the incident in May 2001. This is not entirely true. He continued to live at he school until the parent of the boy complained that he was still trying to make contact with the boy.
  • by Concerned Detroiter Location: Detroit, MI on Nov 22, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    The priest took a student from UD Jesuit High School on a trip to Colorado to see the priests family. He stayed with the boy in a motel. He was removed as a teacher at the school but was allowed to remain living at the school. He was eventually removed from the premises because he continued to pursue the young boy after he was relieved of his teaching duties. The Chicago/Detroit province on the Society of Jesus and the High School have a lot of explaining to do because they have hid this for a decade. Don't let them present themselves as heroes as they have hid this for over 10 years! Unseal those documents and let the truth be told.
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