Bishop Had Concerns with Maryville Counselor before Abuse
By Christopher Placek
November 7, 2014
Bishop John Keating already had concerns with former priest Bob Friese before Friese was hired to work with at-risk youths at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines.
When he learned years later of his hiring, Keating, the archdiocese's chancellor, "hit the ceiling," according to an internal memo contained in a 161-page file detailing sex abuse allegations involving Friese.
In 1984, Friese, then 33, was charged with sexually abusing a teen whom he met at Maryville, but the teen later ran away. The victim, who was 13 when he met Friese, testified in court the abuse occurred from 1982 to 1984 and involved genital fondling and oral sex.
Friese, who formally resigned from the priesthood in 1985, was convicted and sentenced to probation by a Cook County judge.
A 1985 archdiocese memo reveals that Keating believed Friese was a "severely disturbed individual," even though Keating emphasized there was no evidence of pedophilia when he spoke with him in 1980.