Sex abuse allegations surface against Catholic priest in Bartlett

WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM [Chicago IL]

April 17, 2021

There are accusations of abuse against a Catholic priest at a parish in Bartlett.

The Chicago Archdiocese released a letter late Saturday afternoon saying that Cardinal Blase Cupich has asked Father Christopher Ciomek of Saint Peter Damian Parish to step aside following allegations of sexual abuse of a minor approximately 30 years ago.

The Archdiocese said Ciomek has also been directed to live away from the parish while the matter is investigated, and he is fully cooperating.

Church leaders said the allegations were reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County State’s Attorney.