Priest's Wisconsin Bond Paid

By Terry Wilson
Chicago Tribune
July 8, 1992

A South Holland priest charged with sexual abuse surrendered Tuesday to officials in Winnebago County, Wis., Court and was released after the Archdiocese of Chicago posted $15,000 cash as bond, officials said.

Rev. Norbert Maday, 54, who had been a priest at St. Jude the Apostle Parish in South Holland, appeared before Commissioner Barbara Key, where an archdiocesan representative paid his bond, said Winnebago County Deputy District Atty. Vince Biskupic.

Maday is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes and one count of intimidation of a witness for allegedly molesting several altar boys and threatening to kill the brother of one boy if the boy told anyone what had happened.

Although the Cook County state's attorney's office investigated the allegations, it did not file charges, partially because it could not find enough evidence and partially because the statute of limitations had passed, authorities said.

The charges stem from a five-day trip to Oshkosh, Wis., that Maday took with altar boys from Our Lady of the Ridge Parish in Chicago Ridge in 1986, Cook County prosecutors said last month during extradition hearings.

Several of the boys alleged that they were fondled as they wrestled with Maday while all wore only underwear, prosecutors said. The boy who allegedly was threatened charged that he was fondled while the priest masturbated, prosecutors said.

Maday was an associate pastor at Our Lady of the Ridge from 1983 to 1989.

The Cook County extradition proceedings ended Tuesday morning after Assistant State's Atty. Joseph Nigro received notice that Maday had surrendered in Wisconsin, Nigro said. The $5,000 in bond that the archdiocese had posted in Cook County will be returned to the archdiocese.

An archdiocesan representative again was on hand to post bond for Maday in Wisconsin after Maday was placed under arrest and briefly booked into the jail, Biskupic said.

"The archdiocese posted the bond as a matter of support for one of its priests and to assure that Father Maday appears and participates in the proceedings against him," said Robert Quakenbush, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

Maday is on administrative leave to give him time to prepare his defense, Quakenbush said. Maday remains under supervision by the archdiocese when he is in Illinois, and he will stay in a supervised residence when he is in Wisconsin, Quakenbush said.

In court Tuesday, Biskupic asked for a $50,000 bond while Maday's defense attorney, Stephen Komie, asked for a $5,000 cash bond. In Winnebago County, the full amount of bond must be paid, as opposed to the 10 percent required in Cook County courts.

Maday next will appear in court for a preliminary hearing next Tuesday, when two of the victims are expected to testify in court before a judge who will determine if there is probable cause for the charges, officials said.


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