Lawsuit the latest in series against Joliet Diocese priests

The Herald-News

Updated: June 29, 2012

JOLIET — New allegations of sexual abuse are the latest in a series of claims regarding priests from the Diocese of Joliet.

In 2006, the diocese had 15 abuse lawsuits pending in Will and DuPage counties.

The latest allegations are being leveled at a former priest from the diocese already accused of molesting several young boys in the 1970s.

A spokesman said the diocese had no comment on the latest accusations against Lawrence Gibbs.

In Will County Circuit Court this week, Terence Breen sued Gibbs and the diocese. He claims Gibbs gave several young boys alcohol and pornography during a retreat at a Wisconsin cabin in 1977 and had them play games, swim and perform other activities naked.

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