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Chaplain dismissed from Central DuPage Hospital after past misconduct allegation surfaces

WINFIELD – Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield dismissed a volunteer chaplain Tuesday after recently learning of a past misconduct allegation against him, hospital officials said.

The Rev. Thomas Corbino, a Roman Catholic priest, had been volunteering at Central DuPage Hospital part time since late July 2012, said Christopher King, manager of public relations for Cadence Health.

Hospital representatives were presented Tuesday with "concerning information" by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests about Corbino, information previously unknown to them, King said. After carefully reviewing the information, officials dismissed Corbino on Tuesday afternoon, King said.

In an April 4 statement from the Diocese of Joliet, officials said that in August 2011, the diocese received information indicating that Corbino may have engaged in inappropriate behavior with a minor when he served as a pastor at both St. Irene Parish in Warrenville and St. Anthony Parish in Frankfort from 1987 until 2008.

The diocese then sent the information to the state's attorney's offices of DuPage and Will counties, according to the diocesan statement. The diocese also began an internal review into the allegation.

After several months of review, the diocesan review board determined that Corbino’s actions did not rise to the level of sexual abuse of a minor, according to the statement.

However, because of his alleged inappropriate behavior, Corbino resigned from parish ministry and was placed in a restricted ministry with supervision, according to diocesan officials.

In the diocesan statement, officials said the ministry included serving as a volunteer chaplain at Central DuPage Hospital. According to the statement, Corbino was under the supervision of the hospital’s head of chaplain services and was to have no unsupervised contact with children.

"All involved with Fr. Corbino, whether at the hospital or elsewhere, were informed about the circumstances of Fr. Corbino’s restricted ministry," the statement reads.

However, King said the hospital had no previous knowledge of the misconduct allegation against Corbino or any restrictions associated with his service.

The hospital had not been notified by the diocese of a stipulation that Corbino needed to be supervised around children, King said.

As a part-time volunteer, Corbino typically spent about six hours per week at the hospital, said King, who was unable to confirm where Corbino had provided spiritual services.

"We have no reason to believe that any inappropriate contact occurred at the Central DuPage Hospital campus," King said.

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