|Ex-area Priest Removed from Ministry Due to Sexual Misconduct Allegations
By Edith Brady-Lunny
January 22, 2009
PEORIA -- A priest whose assignments included churches in Lincoln and Atlanta has been removed from public ministry because of allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Rev. Jerry Pilon, pastor at St. Mary Church in Moline since 1998, is accused of misconduct dating back nearly 12 years, according to a statement Thursday from the Diocese of Peoria.
Bishop Daniel R. Jenky has asked Pilon not to wear clerical garb or the roman collar and to refrain from using the titles “reverend” or “father.”
The alleged misconduct did not occur in the Peoria Diocese and the alleged victim was not involved in any ministerial capacity with Pilon, said the statement from the diocese chancery office.
“Pilon has denied the allegations and has claimed that he is innocent,” said the diocese.
Pilon’s assignments include Lincoln’s Holy Family Church, St. Mary in Atlanta and St. Columba Church, Mason City, and service as chaplain at Lincoln Correctional Center. He also was pastor at Holy Cross Church, Mendota; Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Peterstown; and St. Anthony Church, Hoopeston.
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