April 07, 2005

Retired priest faces his accusers in court


(Published Thursday, April 7, 2005 11:04:59 AM CDT)

By Mike Heine
Gazette Staff

ELKHORN-The Rev. Donald J. McGuire, a retired Jesuit priest from Chicago, on Wednesday faced the two men who accuse him of inappropriate sexual touching.

The men, now ages 52 and 51, both testified that McGuire, 74, touched their genitals at a Fontana residence in the late 1960s.

The 52-year-old man said McGuire, a former counselor and teacher at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill., touched his genitals dozens of times over his clothing from the spring of 1967 through possibly June 1968 during visits to his uncle's home on South Shore Drive in Fontana. He was 14 and 15 at the time.

"He'd reach over and grab me in my groin, on my genitals," the man testified.

The man said McGuire also touched him at least once under his underwear. The incidents occurred at his uncle's home, in two cars or on a boat on Geneva Lake, the man said.

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