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Milwaukee priest charged with assaulting girl in LaCrosse. Fr. Szatkowski is a professor at Sacred Heart School of Theology

August 11, 2011

The LaCrosse Tribune in a story published today reports that Fr. David Szatkowski, a priest of
the Sacred Heart community in Hales Corners Wisconsin, was arrested and charged
with the second degree sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age.
Szatkowski is a professor of Canon Law at Sacred Heart School of Theology.

Szatkowski’s order, the Priests of the Sacred Heart, have their
international headquarters in Milwaukee. The order has had a history of
transferring sex offender priests, according to lawsuits in South Dakota, where they operate a boarding school for native american children.
They have also been known to transfer sex offender clerics, like Brother Mathew Miles, who after being convicted of sodomizing boys
in Washington DC, was transferred back to Milwaukee.

Church officials, including Milwaukee archbishop Jerome
Listecki, have not released the names, locations or crimes committed by any of
the dozens of Sacred Heart clergy who live or have worked in the Milwaukee
archdiocese. With the growing revelations about the Sacred Heart order and the
arrest of Fr. Szatkowski it is imperative that the order release the names and
histories of all those clerics who have assaulted children.

According to the Tribune Szatkowski was in LaCrosse attending a
two day conference on canon law at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The
conference was hosted by Cardinal Raymond Burke the former bishop of LaCrosse,
and now the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura at the

According to the criminal complaint Szatkowski grabbed the
breast of a girl outside the Radisson Hotel late Monday evening or early
Tuesday morning. The girl and her friends reported the assault to the police.
Szatkowski denied the charges and appeared in court on Wednesday where he was
officially charged.

Szatkowski teaches at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales
Corners. The school is the largest seminary in North America which is dedicated
to preparing candidates for the priesthood who are over 30 years of age. The
archdiocese of Milwaukee sends students from St. Francis Seminary to Sacred
Heart for official training. Last year, SNAP officials voiced concern over the
seminary’s knowledge of Fr. Alejandro Flores, who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a
child while he was a student at the seminary.

Click on the following links to see TV news coverage of Szatkowski’s arrest:

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