Victims Of Priest Abuse File Suit Against Illinois Dioceses

October 18, 2018 - 9:06 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Four victims of clergy sex abuse are suing every Catholic diocese and bishop in Illinois.

The lawsuit accuses the church of negligence, conspiracy, and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Cindy Yesko said she was abused by a priest in the Springfield diocese when she was between the ages of 5 and 7.

It happened between 1973 and 1975, when she was too little, too scared and overwhelmed to say anything, she said.

The suit accuses then-Bishop William O'Connor of knowing about the abuse and not doing anything to discipline or remove the priest.

The Archdiocese of Chicago responded in a statement, saying it hasn't had time to review the suit. But it said 12 years ago it published on its website the names of priests who were found with substantiated claims of child sex abuse against them.

Documents from those files were posted on the archdiocese's website in 2014.