March 22, 2006

'John Doe' Lawsuit Alleges Priest Sex Abuse


(STNG) A new sexual abuse lawsuit is being filed today in civil court, alleging that a former Chicago priest repeatedly sexually molested an Illinois man in the 1980s when he was a teenager and altar boy at Five Holy Martyrs Church on the Southwest Side.

The man filing the "John Doe" lawsuit is seeking monetary damages of an undisclosed amount, “the truth from this archdiocese, and to put an end to this problem (alleged priest molestation) that is so prevalent,’’ said one of the plaintiff's attorneys, Marc Pearlman.

The suit alleges Chester Przybylo molested the man when he was 13 through 15 years old in the rectory of Five Holy Martyrs, 4327 S. Richmond St., in a private residence that Przybylo allegedly shared with another person, and at a health club, Pearlman said.

When the man was 14, he allegedly told Bishop Leo Abramowicz “that Przybylo was hurting young children,’’ Pearlman said.

Posted by kshaw at March 22, 2006 04:06 PM