February 20, 2005

Several current, former Waterloo residents claim clergy sex abuse


By PAT KINNEY, Assistant City Editor

WATERLOO --- Three people claiming they were sexually abused by priests in Waterloo 25 to 40 years ago filed lawsuits Friday afternoon against the Roman Catholic Church's Archdiocese of Dubuque.

The people who filed Friday's lawsuits --- one current and two former Waterloo residents --- claim they were abused as teenagers in incidents from the early 1960s through the late 1970s.

Two accuse the same priest, the Rev. William T. Schwartz, who also was accused of sexual misconduct in an earlier lawsuit.

In that June lawsuit, a Cedar Rapids man, Daniel Ortmann, accused Schwartz of abusing him when he was an eighth-grade student in 1983. The archdiocese, a co-defendent with Schwartz, settled out of court for $100,000 in October 2004. The case is still pending against Schwartz, who was removed from priestly duties when he retired in 1993. He lives in Arizona, where he was treated in a clinic for sexual abusers, archdiocese officials have said. He can no longer represent himself publicly as a priest or reside within the Dubuque archdiocese.

Posted by kshaw at February 20, 2005 04:49 AM