Former Geneva Priest Back in Prison

By Kate Thayer
The Chronicle
April 9, 2009

GENEVA Former Geneva priest Mark Campobello is back in prison, according to an Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman.

Campobello arrived Wednesday at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill after losing his approved "host site," said spokesman Derek Schnapp. A host site is any place the Parole Review Board approves for a parolee to live, he said.

Schnapp could not specify where Campobello was living or the circumstances of why he no longer lives there.

The former St. Peter Catholic Church priest is on parole after serving more than three years of his four-year sentence on sexual abuse charges. He pleaded guilty in 2004 to abusing two teenage girls he taught at Aurora Central Catholic High School while he was a priest at the Geneva church.

Campobello spent about three months in prison last year after violating his parole. The Parole Review Board found that in April 2008 Campobello, who was living in Crystal Lake at the time, went on a trip approved by his parole officer, but made three additional stops along the way.

Campobello is scheduled to complete his parole in November 2011. Schnapp said that date won't change because of his current incarceration.


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