Kenosha Priest Gets Jail Time for Sexual Comments toward Girls

By Melissa McCrady
July 21, 2011

KENOSHA - A priest in Kenosha has been sentenced after pleading guilty in a case involving reported sexual comments Thursday morning.

A judge sentenced Fr. Michael Nowak to 30 days in jail and one year's probation during the proceedings in a Kenosha County courtroom on Thursday.

Nowak admitted guilt on Thursday in court, but he blames stress and his mother's death of his inappropriate actions.

Now, he will serve jail time for that behavior.

He came ready to accept punishment for making sexually explicit phone calls to two teenage girls.

He met the 14 and 17-year-old girls at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish while he served them as a parish priest.

Nowak was placed on administrative leave from the church in May.

"Two months ago, our family life was shattered by someone we knew, trusted and loved as our own parish priest," said a mother of one of the children.

Nowak responded, crying for 30 seconds, then saying, "Those two young girls are beautiful...beautiful..beautiful young families. They're wonderful. I love them and betrayed them."

The victim's family begged for jail time, but Nowak asked for probation.

Judge Mary Kay Wagner sentenced Nowak to the combination of jail time and probation, with the hope the two young victims can move on.

"My daughter is just a shell of who she used to be," said the mother.


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