February 15, 2006

Two Deceased Priests Added to List of Abusers After Letter Runs in Paper

Editor & Publisher

Published: February 15, 2006 2:45 PM ET

DUBUQUE (AP) The Dubuque Archdiocese is adding the names of two deceased Catholic priests to a list of those who allegedly abused minors sexually.

Including Robert Swift and Thomas Knox brings the number of priests to 16. The archdiocese's list was first released Jan. 4.

Swift and Knox were added after a man from Stevens Point, Wis., wrote a letter to the editor of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. The newspaper published the contents Jan. 22.

In the letter, the man alleges he was sexually abused at age 13 by Swift at Sacred Heart parish in Oelwein. He said he also informed the Archdiocese Review Board for Sexual Abuse of Minors that he saw Swift abuse others.

"I also told about boys I knew who were abused by the Rev. William Goltz and the Rev. Thomas Knox ," the man wrote.

Posted by kshaw at February 15, 2006 04:05 PM