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Texas Catholic priest arrested after allegedly murdering the woman, while giving her the last sacraments

This photo of the Austin Police Department shows Gerold Langsch. The Rev. Langsch, of Austin, was arrested Thursday, March 14, 2019, and accused of assault by contact is an excerpt from the October encounter. The 75-year-old priest is free on $15,000 bond. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a year in prison and a fine of up to € 4,000.
(Austin Police department via AP)

A Catholic priest in Texas was on Thursday arrested after he allegedly abused a woman while giving her the last sacraments.

The Rev. Gerold Langsch, was charged with assault by contact after the meeting in October. He is currently free on $15,000 bond and is facing a year in prison and a fine of up to $4,000.

The 75-year-old priest is accused of sexual assault after he visited a woman in hospice care at home, for the complications of diabetes and the administration of the sacrament of the anointing of the sick is a sacrament of forgiveness.

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The woman, who is not identified, says Langsch first anointed her chest with holy water and then began to apply lotion on her body and massage her breasts. At one point he allegedly pinched her nipple and asked: “Is that good?” before you try to take his hand in her diaper, that he was not able to do.

The alleged incident, and priest behavior left the woman shocked and confused, that she told the police. She said that she felt like a “nasty, dirty piece of meat.”

The police said that the reason why it took almost half a year for the authorities to arrest Langsch, because the woman’s health, which delayed the investigation, although she reported the crime five days after the incident, according to CBS-Austin.

She was reportedly able to identify the priest in a line-up with the help of officers to make an arrest and charge him with the crime.

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It remains unclear whether there are other alleged victims of Langsch. “We would highly encourage any victims in the Austin area to call 911 or 311 and file a report if they have been a victim with this defendant or any other defendant,” APD Detective Steven McCormick told the outlet.

The Catholic Diocese of Austin, on Wednesday said in a statement that Langsch is no longer working as a priest in the diocese, and lost his position in St. Paul Catholic Church in Austin, texas, after receiving “a non-related report that he had failed to maintain proper boundaries with an adult.”

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The diocese said that the report does not involve physical contact, although it is still removed Langsch of the positions within the diocese, and promised to fully cooperate with the authorities.

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