February 08, 2005

Priest accused of abusing boys in '60s faces criminal charges

Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear
Tribune staff reporter
Published February 8, 2005

A Jesuit priest named in two former civil suits alleging he abused minors in the 1960s at Loyola Academy in Wilmette was charged criminally in Walworth County, Wis., authorities said Monday.

The criminal charges stem from two civil suits filed in Cook County Circuit Court in 2003, both of which alleged that Rev. Donald McGuire, a former counselor at Loyola, molested two students repeatedly at school and on field trips to places including Wisconsin.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs notified authorities in Illinois and Wisconsin. While Illinois authorities determined criminal prosecution would exceed the state's statute of limitations, Wisconsin prosecutors investigated and pressed charges based on a 1967 statute regarding indecent liberties with a child.

"It's so seldom that these perpetrators are able to be criminally prosecuted," said the plaintiffs' attorney Marc Pearlman, adding that parties in both civil suits agreed to pursue a resolution out of court.

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2005 07:38 AM