Wisconsin Charges South Holland Priest

By Terry Wilson
Chicago Tribune
June 10, 1992

Less than a month after Cook County dropped its investigation of him, a South Holland priest has been charged in a Wisconsin arrest warrant with molesting two altar boys in 1986 and threatening to kill the brother of one of the youths if he told what had occurred, authorities said Tuesday.

Rev. Norbert Maday, 54, who had been a priest at the St. Jude the Apostle Parish in South Holland, appeared before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Locallo, who set Maday's bond at $50,000 on the five-count arrest warrant. Prosecutors had asked that bond be denied until Maday is extradited to Wisconsin.

Maday, who is on administrative leave from the church, was released from custody hours after he surrendered to the court. His family posted 10 percent of his bond.

Maday was charged in the arrest warrant with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes and one count of intimidation for incidents that allegedly occurred during an outing Maday went on with altar boys from Our Lady of the Ridge parish in Chicago Ridge during the summer of 1986.

The Cook County state's attorney's office last month ended its investigation into the same allegations against Maday and did not file charges, in part due to lack of evidence and the fact that any prosecution would be banned by the statute of limitations, State's Atty. Jack O'Malley said Tuesday.

Maday had been an associate pastor at Our Lady of the Ridge from 1983-1989.

Assistant State's Atty. Louis DeRose said Tuesday that the charges "include crimes of sexual acts done for the sexual gratification of Norbert Maday. This is a disturbed person who violated his trust with little children."

DeRose said Maday took a group of altar boys between the ages 12 and 14 on a five-day outing to Oshkosh, Wis., to a motel called The Place to Be, which Maday had described as a place where they could roller skate and eat ice cream and cookies.

"The Place to Be was an old motel," DeRose said. "Norbert Maday urged the male juveniles to participate in wrestling matches."

DeRose said Maday and the boys wore only underwear during the wrestling matches in the motel room and that Maday placed his hands on the boys' legs, buttocks and genitals during the matches.

DeRose said Maday also fondled one boy as he lay on a bed wearing underwear as Maday masturbated. DeRose said Maday told that boy that he would kill the boy's younger brother, who also was an altar boy, if the boy said anything about the incident.

Maday, an ordained priest for 28 years and the seventh area priest to be removed from duties since July 1991 for allegations of sexual misconduct, was relieved of his duties in March.

Prepared only for allegations that were brought by one boy, Maday read from a statement and referred all other questions to his attorney, Stephen Komie.

"These accusations are six years old and the product of a troubled young man who perhaps is unable to deal with the realities of modern life," Maday said. "I pray to God for deliverance of this troubled lad."

Komie said he and Maday would find an attorney to represent Maday in Wisconsin and then decide when to surrender to authorities there.

"This complaint has been dormant for six years," Komie said. "Anyone who knows about wrestling knows there are holds and they touch each other."

With respect to the intimidation comment, Komie said that priests do not threaten to kill people.

"I can assure you he did not threaten anyone," Komie said. "He is a mild, meek person."


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