Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ex-priest targeted by abuse suit quits in Berwyn

Ex-priest targeted by abuse suit quits in Berwyn
February 23, 2010 11:10 AM
A former Roman Catholic priest sued in 1997 for allegedly abusing a youth at Chicago's St. Rita High School has resigned from his city job in west suburban Berwyn, according to a statement released by city today.

Frank Paduch, who has served as Berwyn's advocate for senior citizens, will have no more responsibilities with the city.

Paduch was placed on administrative leave last month after the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests protested his employment and alerted the city to the 1997 suit, accusing Paduch of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s. The Augustinian religious order reached a settlement two years later. Several years later, the city of Berwyn hired Paduch as its advocate for senior citizens.

According to the statement, a police investigation found no similar complaints have been received by the city regarding Paduch during his employment there.

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