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Former Priest from our area charged

Seventy-six-year-old Frederick Lutz, a retired Catholic priest has been charged with multiple counts of child sexual abuse stemming from a statewide investigation of Catholic priest abuse. Lutz was charged Tuesday with forcible sodomy, sexual abuse and two counts of statutory sodomy.  Bond was set at $125,000 cash. Lutz served as an Associate Pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Springfield, he was the Pastor at Saint William Parish in Buffalo and Parochial Administrator at Sacred Heart Parish in Conway. He retired in 2011. Lutz was among 12 former priests that Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt referred for criminal prosecution following a 13-month investigation.

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