Fr. Francis Engels

Ordained: 1962
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Engels and two other priests were accused of abusing a youth in 1973. The victim complained directly to Bishop Myers in 1992. Diocese did not put Engels on leave until the family went to the media in 1993. Engels also admitted to abusing a youth in the 1980s. Bishop tried to reinstate him in 2002 but second victim complained and he was not reassigned. Named in a 2004 civil suit which settled in 2005. Pled guilty in 4/05 to sexually abusing a teenage altar boy during trips to Milwaukee in the early 1980s. Sentenced in 6/05 to 10 years in WI prison. On Peoria’s list in 12/18.


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