|Kenosha Police Receive Second Report of Sexual Misconduct by Priest
By John Pilmaier
SNAP - Wisconsin
May 12, 2011
An article published yesterday in the Catholic Herald states that a second female minor under the age of 16 has filed a complaint with the Kenosha Police Department against Fr. Michael Nowak of St. Theresa of Liseiux parish for making sexually explicit phone calls. Kenosha police also report that Nowak has refused to speak to investigators and has hired an attorney. Nowak was removed from ministry last week by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki.
Fortunately and wisely, these girls and their parents reported Nowak to the police, not the archdiocese. And they likely did so because of the continuing attention that has been put on this issue by victims of priest abuse.
Nowak is the third priest of the archdiocese of Milwaukee to have been removed from ministry in the past two months for sexual misconduct or abuse of minors.
As with the removal of the other two priests, Archbishop Listecki and victim specialists were noticeably and painfully absent from St. Theresa’s this weekend to take personal responsibility for Nowak’s removal and assist congregants and families with the difficult news. Instead, a parish trustee read a letter at masses and appeared on local news stations to proclaim that the priest was innocent.
Now there is another girl who has come forward on Nowak. And the archdiocese wonders why they are still embroiled in a child sex abuse and cover up scandal.
620 WTMJ Newsradio, by Lacey Crisp Second Girl Accuses Priest of Inappropriate Comments
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