Spotlight on abuse: Episcopal priest William Joseph Smith

By | April 6, 2022
Episcopal priest William J. Smith
Episcopal priest William J. Smith

Episcopal priest William J. Smith

Nashotah House graduate Episcopal priest William Joseph Smith was ordained to the priesthood in by Bishop William L. Stevens. He pleaded guilty on 21 February 1989 to two counts of sexual assault against a minor male parishioner at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Oneida, Wisconsin and Christ the King Episcopal Church in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, both in the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac. Smith was also charged with taking nude photographs of male campers at Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee Camp Webb in Waushara County in 1988 and five additional counts of sexual assault, but these charges were dropped in the plea deal. Smith was sentenced to five years of incarceration, five years of supervised release, and permitted no contact with children. Smith was curate at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Chicago and St. Paul’s by the Lake Episcopal Church, Chicago. He was also vicar of St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Algoma, Wisconsin and the Episcopal Church of the Precious Blood in Gardner, Wisconsin. Smith was a friar of the Episcopal/Anglican Society of St. Francis.

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Ye Watchers

There’s something about these Anglo-Catholics. Or maybe they are just the ones who get caught?