July 30, 2005

Retired priest pleads guilty to prostitution charge

Quad-City Times

By Ann McGlynn

A retired Davenport priest pleaded guilty Friday to his fourth count of prostitution since 1998, court documents show.

Monsignor Robert John Walter, 84, was arrested in the early morning hours of May 23, records state. The judge gave him a $1,000 fine and one year of unsupervised probation.

Walter declined comment when contacted Friday by the Quad-City Times.

Walter served at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 916 E. Rusholme St., Davenport. He was the principal of Assumption High School in Davenport from 1962 to 1970, as well as other assignments outside of the Quad-Cities. Ordained in 1945, he retired in 1991.

His first arrest came in July 1998, one of 33 arrested during a police sting near downtown Davenport. During the two-day operation, three female undercover officers, all clad in plain, button-down tops and shorts, lingered on a street corner known as a hotbed for prostitution.

Posted by kshaw at July 30, 2005 09:30 AM