Fr. Walter Strus

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago


Woman filed suit 10/01 alleging Strus raped and impregnated her in 1999 after he persuaded her to leave Poland and follow him to U.S. Suit dismissed and refiled 4/02. Amended suit also accused him of sexual harassment of parishioners and of abuse of minor girls in Poland after he became a priest. Strus denied allegation , saying relationship was consensual. DNA tests proved he fathered her child. Second suit later dismissed on legal technicality.

Sources: Assignment RecordChicago Sun-Times 04.27.02; Chicago Sun-Times 04.28.02; Chicago Sun-Times 05.04.02; Chicago Tribune 05.04.02; Chicago Sun-Times 05.24.02; Dallas Morning News 06.12.02; Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 01.22.03