Peoria Diocese Asks Priest to Step down Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations

May 24, 2006

PEORIA, Ill. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria says a priest has been asked to step down from public ministry amid allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct.

Bishop Daniel Jenky asked the Reverend Gordon Pillon -- who last served as a priest at churches in LaSalle -- to not function as a Catholic priest.

The diocese says the allegations against the 53-year-old Pillon date back about 25 years to when he was a priest in the Diocese of Orange, California.

The Peoria Diocese says it wasn't aware of the allegations when he joined the central Illinois diocese in the 1990s.

The diocese says it will not provide additional details about the allegations.


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