January 17, 2005

Diocese settles abuse lawsuit

The Globe Gazette

By PAT KINNEY, For The Globe Gazette

WATERLOO A former North Iowa priest is the defendant in a sexual abuse lawsuit in which the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque recently paid a $100,000 out-of-court settlement.

The suit was filed by a Cedar Rapids man who said he was sexually abused in 1983 by the Rev. William Schwartz.

The suit was filed in Linn County District Court in June 2004 by Daniel J. Ortmann of Cedar Rapids against Schwartz and the archdiocese.

According to the suit, Schwartz was serving in Rockwell and was a visiting pastor at St. Jude's Catholic Church and elementary school in Cedar Rapids when the alleged offense took place.

Posted by kshaw at January 17, 2005 02:16 AM