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Catholic Priest Living in Sarasota Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges

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The Rev. William Wert, a priest of the Order of Carmelites, was arrested in Sarasota recently on charges that he sexually molested a local boy. Besides the counts of committing sex offenses on a child between the ages of 12 and 15, Wert is facing 8 additional sexual battery charges including three counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim between 12 and 16.

Wert was convicted of similar crimes in Washington DC in 2007. He was moved from Washington DC and has been living at a Carmelite retirement home in Sarasota just blocks away from Epiphany Cathedral and school.