November 30, 2005

Lawsuits allege sexual abuse by priests, nun from Peoria diocese


PEORIA, Ill. New allegations of sexual abuse in the Peoria Catholic Diocese are based on incidents dating back to the 1950s.

Civil lawsuits filed today in Peoria accuse five priests and a nun of abuse. The nine alleged victims -- now ages 39 to 55 -- say they were as young as six and as old as 18 when the abuses happened.

The diocese says three of the priests were removed from active ministries in 2002 after allegations of abuse were made.

One of the accused priests called the allegations preposterous. The diocese says he was removed in the 1980s, but it was not related to abuse allegations.

Posted by kshaw at November 30, 2005 10:42 PM