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Civil trial over priest sex abuse nears an end


BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Closing arguments are expected in the trial of a man suing the Diocese of Belleville over sexual abuse he says he suffered at the hands of a priest decades ago.

James Wisniewski (wihs-NOO’-skee) of Champaign alleges that the Reverend Raymond Kownacki sexually molested him in the 1970s when Wisniewski was an altar boy.

Wisniewski says the diocese covered up the abuse and shuffled Kownacki from parish to parish.

Former Belleville Bishop Wilton Gregory on Wednesday testified that key documents about Kownacki’s possible sex abuse were kept from him. Gregory removed Kownacki from the active ministry in 1995.

Wisniewski testified Wednesday that Kownacki sexually abused him 40 or 50 times and threatened to kill his parents if he told anyone.

Kownacki isn’t charged criminally and hasn’t commented on the allegations.

August 27, 2008 - Posted by | Church Scandals, Sex Abuse

1 Comment »

  1. fu****g perverts & the so-called perverted “religious” factions that cover for them all deserve to BURN IN HELL!!! and I fervently pray that God will harshly convict them of their sins. amen.

    Comment by JD Vehorn | August 29, 2008 | Reply

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