Area Priest Arrested for Sexual Assault
By Jeff Bonty
November 1, 2017
Father Richard E. Jacklin, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Goodrich, was arrested by Illinois State Police on Tuesday and charged with sexually assaulting a resident at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee.
The 65-year-old Jacklin has been preliminarily charged by state police with criminal sexual assault by force and sexual misconduct of a person with a disability.
"We are still gathering information," Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe told the Daily Journal this morning.
That is all Rowe would say as the investigation is ongoing.
Jacklin will either be in court today or Thursday to have his bond set.
Jacklin previously had served a number of area Catholic churches as an assistant or substitute priest.