Former Priest Acquitted of Sexual Abuse

Associated Press, carried in KWQC [Aledo IL]
November 13, 2004

ALEDO, Ill. A jury in western Illinois has acquitted a former priest of two counts of sexual abuse.

Authorities had accused the 59-year-old Greg Plunkett of fondling a 13-year-old boy. He was charged with criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse.

Judge Walter Braud announced the verdict this afternoon in Mercer County Circuit Court.

The Peoria Diocese removed Plunkett from the priesthood two years ago over sexual abuse allegations. But those accusations weren't connected to the Mercer County criminal case.

He testified in court that he was out of the state at the time of the alleged abuse of the boy.

Plunkett previously served as a pastor at St. Catherine's in Aledo.


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