Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jailed former priest to be released from prison

Jailed former priest to be released from prison
July 14, 2010

From Staff Reports Suburban Chicago
Former Aurora and Geneva priest Mark Campobello is scheduled to be released from prison later this month, after being jailed for the past year on a technical parole violation.

Campobello is scheduled to be released from the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln on July 28, state officials said Wednesday.

Campobello was imprisoned for three years and eight months after pleading guilty in 2004 to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 1999, while he lived at the rectory of St. Peter's Church in Geneva.

He also pleaded guilty to molesting a 15-year-old girl while she was a student at Aurora Central Catholic High School in 1999 and 2000, while he served as assistant principal at the school.

When Campobello was released from prison in February 2008, he was scheduled to be on parole for four years and had to register as a sex offender.

In April 2008, he was reimprisoned on a technical parole violation. He had a certain route he had to follow to go to work from his home. He was found guilty of violating that parole condition when he stopped to get gas, a cup of coffee and a haircut outside the approved route.

In April 2009, Campobello had been living in McHenry County, but had to move out of his house. Because he did not have a permanent residence, he was again found to be in violation of his parole.

Campobello was expelled from the priesthood by the Vatican in 2005 while he was in prison. The Rockford Diocese later issued an apology to Campobello's two female victims, who are now adults, and settled a lawsuit brought by the two women for $2.2 million.

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