February 23, 2006

Columnist Tells Personal Story Of Priest Sex Abuse


(WBBM Newsradio 780) -- A local newspaper columnist is telling a heart-wrenching story, his story about sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a Joliet diocese priest in the 1970s.

Daily Southtown newspaper columnist Tim Placher writes in Thursday's paper that he was the victim of abuse by a Catholic priest from the time he was a fifth grader until he was 17 years old and had become disgusted by the priest's behavior.

Placher identifies the priest as Father Richard Ruffalo who, Placher says, was well-known to have a place in Las Vegas where he took his young friends although, curiously enough, Ruffalo was not mentioned by Joliet Archdiocese Bishop Joseph Imesch as a priest who had had credible allegations of sex abuse made against him.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2006 01:25 PM