New Claims In Case Of Sexually Abusive Priest

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — New allegations are being made in connection with one of the many sex abuse cases against the Rev. Donald McGuire, a Roman Catholic priest who is now serving a 25-year prison sentence.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bob Conway reports, the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times report a Monday Cook County Circuit Court filing on behalf of three men allegedly abused by McGuire, includes excerpts of letters written between Jesuit leaders.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bob Conway reports

The alleged abuse victims are seeking punitive damages in a civil lawsuit.

Included is a part of a letter written in 1969 written between a priest – the Rev. Charles Schlax – and the former president of Loyola Academy high school in Wilmette– the Rev. John Reinke. In the letter, Schlax expresses concern after he learns a student and McGuire had been staying overnight at the school.

The court filings claim that while Loyola subsequently ended McGuire’s teaching duties, it tried to cover up the reasons.

McGuire, 80, was sentenced by a federal judge to 25 years in prison, and he is almost certain to die while incarcerated. He had been convicted the year before by a Chicago federal jury of talking a boy on religious retreats to have sex with him.

The allegations during the 2008 trial were sensational. Two abuse victims testified that they were molested by McGuire as teens testified that he convinced them that they were “addicted” to masturbation and needed to be “educated” on how to stop it.

The “education” included looking at sexually explicit magazines such as Playboy and Playgirl and watching X-rated films.

One alleged victim, who was 22 at the time of the trial, said McGuire had him masturbate just short of climax. Both alleged victims said McGuire asked them during confession about their sexual activities.

Both alleged victims also said McGuire had them give him massages that included rubbing his genitals. Dominick alleged that McGuire put oil on the boy’s penis, examined it with a magnifying glass, and performed oral sex on him.

Dominick said he didn’t tell anyone of the alleged abuse — which he said took place from 1999 to 2003 — because McGuire threatened to reveal his masturbation habits.

The other victim, a fisherman who later moved to in Catalina, Calif., and was 32 at the time of the trial, said McGuire told him if he ever told anyone of the abuse, “they’re not going to believe … because he was religious. I was trapped, basically.”

McGuire was once a renowned Jesuit. The Vatican ordered him out of the priesthood earlier this year.

McGuire was also convicted in 2006 by a jury of Wisconsin of molesting two boys from Loyola Academy. He was also indicted in Arizona for child molestation and faces lawsuits on a string of other child molestation accusations.

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  • Anglo-Saxon

    A teenager should know better than to have sex with a priest. I certainly did when I was 13-19. The only thing a priest would have gotten from me was a punch in the head. No cash payouts. No jackpot justice here.

    • Arron Barringer

      Really? THAT is your contribution to this story? Fail. Typical of modern America to heap judgments upon people you don’t know, about things you don’t know about. So very typical of you Saxons.

      • Anglo-Saxon

        I just don’t understand why people think they should get a cash payout for having sexual relations with a priest. They should have known it was wrong, not only was he a priest, he’s a guy. That’s 2 wrongs I would never have been caught up in at that age. Did you have sex with guys when you were a teenager Arron? My point exactly.

  • Question

    What I really want to know is WHY gay sex is the choice of these “men of the cloth”?? The teachings they claim to hold so dear certainly preaches against it. I completely agree with Anglo-Saxon also. I went to a catholic high school and we all knew who the “funny” priests were and would’ve beat them senseless if they tried playing grab a $ $ with us. The priests knew that and kept their distance, but I’m also sure they preyed on some of the weaker kids. Truly disgusting behavior. To sum it up. still wondering why the priests prefer c*ck, NOT that I’m agreeing with sexual abuse of ANY sort!!

    • Frank

      They like c8ck because they are sick puppies.

  • bpw

    It’s time for the Catholic church to clean out the closet. They should take a page from the good book when it comes to plucking out your bad eye.

  • Father Suck'em Off

    well were is farther phiefer to scold this slim ball..hiding?…you bet the cult and need to fly off to jones town and drink the kool-aid…or pope nazi can have you all showen the showers, as he goose steps awaiting for his furher to return….

  • John S.

    It seems a requirement that every parish we have joined has to have at least one kid blower. You can’t get rid of ’em! I’d change religions but the problem is I still believe the good stuff they preach. Or maybe I drank too much koolaid.

  • C. Murtaugh

    The indemnizations should be big enough to make the abusers sorry it happened and not big enough to make the victims glad it happened.

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