February 17, 2006

40 years later, legal twist puts priest on trial

Chicago Tribune

By Josh Noel
Tribune staff reporter
Published February 17, 2006

When Cook County authorities a few years ago said they couldn't prosecute a renowned Jesuit priest accused of molesting two Loyola Academy students in the 1960s, the alleged victims, now middle-age men, looked north.

The district attorney in Walworth County, Wis.--where Rev. Donald McGuire wasn't shielded by the state's statute of limitations--agreed to press charges.

In a rare case of a priest facing charges in another state for decades-old allegations, McGuire's criminal trial begins Friday in Elkhorn, Wis. He is accused of molesting the students five times during several trips to the resort area near Lake Geneva between 1966 and 1968.

Walworth County District Atty. Phil Koss said the accusers will testify that McGuire, 75, also molested them repeatedly when they were in their early teens and living in his room at the school's Wilmette campus.

Posted by kshaw at February 17, 2006 08:20 AM