February 22, 2006

Defense presents old notes on priest

Chicago Tribune

By Josh Noel
Tribune staff reporter
Published February 22, 2006

ELKHORN, Wis. -- Rev. Donald McGuire's attorney presented four pages of notes in court Tuesday that indicate one of his accusers complained in 1969 that the priest asked to kiss him and that the two exchanged massages.

But the notes, supposedly taken by a Loyola Academy administrator during a meeting with the alleged victim and his father in December 1969, also say the behavior "never went any further," said defense attorney Gerald Boyle.

Prosecutors say McGuire, 75, repeatedly fondled two boys in the 1960s while having them sleep in his bed at separate times at the Wilmette school.

Because the statute of limitations prevented him from being charged in Cook County, McGuire is on trial in Walworth County, Wis., where he is accused of molesting the boys five times at a vacation home in Fontana.

Posted by kshaw at February 22, 2006 09:01 AM