Paedophile priest, 70, jailed for 12 years

Paedophile priest, 70, jailed for 12 years

A Catholic priest who worked at a Detroit high school has been jailed for 12 years for possessing child porn and sexually assaulting a former student.

Richard James Kurtz, above – formerly a chemistry teacher at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School – read a statement before Judge Mark Goldsmith, saying he was “deeply sorry” for his actions.

Words can’t express how much remorse I feel … Some of my victims have names that are known to me. I am guilty of capturing images of them for my perverse pleasure … I accept full responsibility for betraying them.

Before handing down the prison sentence, Goldsmith said:

Some of these victims were not nameless unknowns, but persons, young people who interacted with the defendant. The defendant violated, in terrible ways, the safety and sense of security that every child has the right to enjoy.

Kurtz gazed into his lap for most of his sentencing hearing and appeared gaunt in his Wayne County Jail jumpsuit.

Kurtz’s attorney, Christopher Andreoff, said his client has lost nearly 15 pounds and was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety.

“I’m very concerned about his health, Andreoff said, before asking the judge to allow Kurtz to be placed in a facility where he can receive proper care.

I’m asking the court for mercy and redemption and to allow him to see the light of day.

Kurtz was dismissed from the school in 2001 when a 16-year-old boy accused him of sexual assault on a trip to Colorado. The family didn’t pursue charges at the time, but an investigation was opened in 2011 and Kurtz was convicted and placed on probation.

Following this incident, several people came forward, according to the sentencing memorandum, and disclosed other instances of sexual misconduct by Kurtz.

Investigators said Kurtz also secretly recorded video of University of Detroit Jesuit hockey players while they changed in a locker room in the late 1990s.

Kurtz’s child porn collection was discovered in 2011 by priests who were packing his belongings at former residences in Clarkston, Michigan, and Chicago.

According to federal court documents, the priests observed material containing images of underage boys, both clothed and nude. The images were turned over to the FBI, who discovered more than 2,300 images of child pornography on various computer media, floppy disks, printed pictures and photographic paper.

17 responses to “Paedophile priest, 70, jailed for 12 years”

  1. Trevor Blake says:

    Thank goodness this is an isolated incident. If it were the case that there are many rapist clergy who have been sheltered by their faith for decades on end, and those facts were well documented and widely available, why, just imagine what that would be like.

  2. Hmmmm says:

    13%,45%,87%,23%,5%,0.031%, 69% … …
    What percentage of current catholic priests have:-
    Raped a child?
    Masturbated over images of naked children?

    My guesses are 16% and 37% respectively.

    But none have used children to:-
    Behead a captive.
    Participate in the mass execution of captives by firing squad.
    Suicide bomb innocent people
    Gang rape women after villages have been destroyed and menfolk murdered.
    Form battalions of ruthless killer militia

    Only one religion, in recent history,can claim these as standard pious observances.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    Now, let’s wait for howls of indignation and cries of persecution from Bill Donohue. Either that or deafening silence.

  4. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: Being seduced by the child victims is one that has been used before.

    I see that a senior serving Labour MP has been named to police as a paedophile by other MPs after shocking revelations about his abusing care kids and “ragamuffins.” I wonder if he will turn out to be religious?

  5. Laura Roberts says:

    @Hmmmm: some years ago I investigated this, about the time “Pope Palpatine” admitted that between 1% and 5% of priests had abused children (one assumes this is a lower bound). As I recall, the proportion in normal society is approximately 0.013% (for example there are approximately 400,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S.), hence the frequency in the priesthood (that they are willing to concede) is roughly 7 to 35 times higher than the population in general.

    Thankfully the Catholic Church has been largely neutered by Western secular governments, though discrimination against women and violence against children continues.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Bill Donohue is only commenting on the case of a priest who has been cleared of charges:

    (T)here are many Father Rileys all over the nation who have had their reputations smeared by vindictive men looking to take advantage of the hostile climate that exists against priests.

    Bill realized that he was innocent from the “get go”, naturally!

  7. barriejohn says:

    I’ve just noticed that Bill Donohue’s “independent investigative unit” may not be so “independent” after all:

  8. sailor1031 says:

    IIRC there are some 40,000 catholic priests in the USA now. Since the beginning of the nineties about 4,000+ had been accused, investigated or convicted of sexual offences against children. Of course over that period of time more than 40,000 have been priests in the USA so it isn’t a simple 10%.

    @BarrieJohn: much as I despise Bill Donohue I reluctantly have to agree that he has a point i.e. that Riley deserved a presumption of innocence. All too often we have descended to a level where the accusation is accepted as proof of guilt.

  9. melvin polatnick says:

    Getting a blowjob when under 17 will cause a widening of veins in the penis and damaging brain stimulation. Memory of the heightened experience will remain and the adult victim will become promiscuous, always chasing an unreachable ecstasy.
    Perverted adults who gave blowjobs to teens should be imprisoned and anally raped without vaseline by mandingos.

  10. Angela_K says:

    Who would have thought an esteemed member of the clergy could do such thing, after all he is a man of god, must have been tempted by the child, it was Satan…….continues ad infinitum by the catholic apologists.

    @melvin polatnick Reading your post it seems that your brain seems to have suffered damage.

  11. Barry Duke says:

    @ Melvin Polatnik, if you have hard evidence for this absurd assertion about blowjobs, please provide it. And vaseline? What century are you living in?

  12. barriejohn says:

    Maybe our Melv has been perusing this site:

    (O)ral sex is contrary to natural law. If oral sex is OK, then is anal sex also OK? There must be some natural parameters to sexual expression. Otherwise, we have little reason not to permit homosexual activity or even sex between humans and animals.

    If you have a few hours to kill you will find it most enlightening.

  13. barriejohn says:

    There is a Melvin Polatnick who comments all over the internet on sexual matters. Is this the same guy, I wonder?

    (Scroll down to Comments)

  14. barriejohn says:

    @sailor1031: I couldn’t agree more that an accusation of sexual abuse is tantamount to a conviction nowadays, but the investigation seems, in this case, to have been woefully inadequate. Donohue gives an entirely different impression.

  15. I remember when the paedophile priest scandal was at its worst here in Ireland how many Catholics treated those clerics responsible for the cover-up like celebrities. To this day, the priests bleat, “We are not all bad”. That is a sign that they are unrepentant because the point is not that they are not all paedophiles but that not a single one of them supported the victims or said anything to stop the abuse. That is the bottom line and they have been told it and they still keep trying to entice people into the Catholic faith by misdirection.

  16. Maggie says:

    I trust no one. I trust Catholic priests and other clergy from whatever religion less than that.