Abels & Annes

Two Chicago area priests removed due to sex abuse allegations

Two priests in Joliet, Illinois have been removed for allegedly sexually abusing a student in the 1970s, according to the Herald-News. The abuse allegedly occurred at different times while the victim was a student at Providence Catholic in New Lenox and Joliet Catholic High School, which is now called Joliet Catholic Academy. The victim is now in his 40s and resides in Florida. The names of the victim or the priests have not been made public.

On Friday a news conference was held by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in Joliet. The investigation was made public a that time and Snap demanded more action be taken regarding the priests.

After the news conference, the Joliet diocese announced that the priests had been removed from the ministry.

SNAP is alleging that the abuse took place with one of the priests during a span of several years in many hotels, a rectory, and out of state. The abuse alleged against the other priest was for a single incident.

The victim has retained a lawyer, however a lawsuit has not been filed.

Click here to read the story as reported by the Southtown Star.