Kankakee Priest Arrested on Sex Charge; Video Cited

Chicago Sun-Times
July 30, 1992

The chance discovery of a pornographic videotape bought at a flea market has led to the arrest of a Roman Catholic priest on charges of child molesting, authorities said Wednesday.

The Rev. Myles White, 51, pastor of St. Martin of Tours Church in Kankakee, Ill., was being held in the Marshall County (Ind.) Jail pending a court appearance today.

"When Father White was arrested, he was in the process of cutting up and burning Polaroid photographs of other young nude males," said Deputy Prosecutor Curt Palmer. "And the pieces of those, and those ashes of those that had been burned, were confiscated, as were a number of adult magazines."

White was arrested Tuesday at a Culver, Ind., home owned by the Joliet diocese, Palmer said.

Illinois police who searched his Kankakee home found pornographic magazines and videotapes, Kankakee police chief Tim Nugent said.

Sister Judith Davies, chancellor of the diocese, said the church was "shocked and saddened," and said White has been suspended.

"Any persons who believe that they or a family member may have been inappropriately involved with Father White are encouraged to come forward so that spiritual, professional or any other help can be offered," she said.

Palmer said White faces two charges of criminal deviate conduct alleging he engaged in oral sex and fondled a child. The youth was 14 or 15 years old when the incident occurred, he said.

The incident came to light after an acquaintance of Palmer purchased a tape of a 1991 festival parade in Culver, the prosecutor said. "At the end of the parade was a video of what turned out to be Rev. White and a young male having sex," he said.


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