Former Q-C Area Priest Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges

Quad-City Times [Kewanee IL]
Downloaded April 25, 2005

KEWANEE, Ill. — A Kewanee man and former Peoria Catholic Diocese priest who allegedly molested a former altar boy has pleaded guilty in Wisconsin to two counts of second-degree sexual assault.

Francis Engels, 69, could receive up to 20 years in prison at a sentencing hearing June 3 in Milwaukee.

His alleged victim, 37-year-old Dan Koenigs of Cisco, Ill., said he will not comment on the case until after Engels is sentenced. His attorney, Joseph Klest of Schaumburg, Ill., said Koenigs reported to Milwaukee authorities last year that Engels sexually abused him during overnight trips to the city in 1981 and 1982. At that time, Engels was serving as the priest of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Cambridge, Ill., and Koenigs was a member of the parish.

Koenigs alleges that Engels also abused him in Illinois, but criminal charges cannot be brought there because the statute of limitations has expired.The clock effectively stopped on the Wisconsin allegations when the priest left that state, Klest said.


Any original material on these pages is copyright © 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.
guide of business management sytem guide of job opinions guide of capital goods guide of make fast money guide of Debt restructuring guide of home business guide of income money guide of hospital products guide of international market guide of repair roof before winter guide of website income guide of secure your business guide of face makeup tools guide of jewellery arts guide of tv shows guide of best places on earth guide of job plans guide of cheap cars guide of creating products guide of women tools guide of eat less guide of car insurance process guide of sport stuff guide of garden home guide of cheap insurances guide of electronic tech guide of healthy feeding guide of what is next in fashion guide of improve company guide of tactical insurance guide of make money at home guide of development in business guide of dept loan guide of cooking secrets guide of correct companies guide of jobs with more income guide of reviews o general products guide of improving technology guide of ideal job guide of business sectors guide of dept problem guide of unlimited business guide of suitable insurance company guide of money cars guide of how to market guide of heatlhy diet tips guide of decoration tipse guide of security problems