Chicago Priest Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

Suspect accused of abusing boy 10 years ago

Richard-James-Kurtz

A Chicago Catholic priest was arrested Monday on charges of assaulting a Colorado boy 10 years ago.

Father Richard James Kurtz, 67, faces two felony charges of Sexual Assault on a child by one in a possession of trust.

Kurtz, who works at the Society of Jesus Chicago-Detroit Province on North Clark Street, is accused of assaulting the boy when he worked as a chemistry teacher in Detroit at the time of the alleged assault, but the crime reportedly occurred in a suburb of Denver.

Kurtz was arrested by the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force. He is being held on $100,000 bond and is awaiting an extradition hearing.

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