Former Omaha Archdiocesan Chancellor Arrested for Allegedly Abusing a Vulnerable Adult

The first of possible multiple charges came this week for Michael Gutgsell, a longtime priest in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

The 73-year-old Gutgsell is charged with theft of over $154,000 and the abuse of a vulnerable adult.

It stems from Gutgsell being a personal representative to a now-deceased priest’s finances.

Prosecutors said in court Friday, Gutgsell admitted to taking the money from former priest Fr. Ted Richling, during an earlier interview

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His defense attorney Joseph Naatz said in court that Gutgsell was scammed and conned, and simply used the money to try and help out others.

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