Engels Pleads Guilty
Week [Peoria IL]
April 18, 2005
A defrocked priest from the Peoria Catholic Diocese has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual abuse of a minor.
69-year old Francis Engels was in Milwaukee County Court on Friday.
According to court records, Engels took a boy from Central Illinois to a hotel room in Milwaukee in 1983 and abused him.
The victim is now 37 and settled a lawsuit against the Peoria Diocese earlier this month.
Engels, who was removed from ministry in 1993, is free on $25,000 bail.
He faces ten years behind bars at his June 3 sentencing.