February 23, 2006

Witness testifies Loyola teen told him priest touched him

Chicago Tribune

By M. Daniel Gibbard
Tribune staff reporter
Published February 23, 2006

ELKHORN, Wis. -- A parish priest testified Wednesday that a high school freshman came to him upset about 35 years ago and told him that Rev. Donald McGuire, who is on trial for allegedly molesting two boys, "had done something to him."

Rev. Charles Schlax, a friend of the teenager's family, said the boy, who was attending Loyola Academy in Wilmette, visited him in 1968 or 1969 but did not say exactly what McGuire had done.

The boy was "anxious, nervous, upset," said Schlax, who was then at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Chicago's North Side and is now at St. Mary Catholic Church in Des Plaines. "He said at first [that] Father McGuire had done something to him."

Schlax testified that he went through a list of every possible problem he could think of without finding out what was wrong.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2006 07:51 AM