Diocese releases records on west suburban priests accused of abuse, adds names to list of the accused
Hundreds of pages of documents were released Tuesday by the Diocese of Joliet offering new details on the accusations against 15 priests — some who served in parishes throughout the west suburbs — accused of sexual misconduct with minors.
The accusations themselves are not new, but the personnel files show — for the first time, in many cases — corroborating information and background on the priests, according to the attorneys reviewing the documents.
A Will County court in January ordered the documents be released in an ongoing lawsuit against the diocese — ruling that public interest outweighs the privacy rights of the priest or the diocese.
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