Trial of Illinois Priest Starts with Opening Statements

The Associated Press, carried in ABC 7 [Elkhorn WI]
February 18, 2006

February 18, 2006 (ELKHORN, Wis.) - A retired Catholic priest is on trial in Elkhorn, Wisconsin on charges he molested two boys at a Wisconsin home in the late 1960s after befriending them at an Illinois academy.

In opening statements today, prosecutors said the Reverend Donald McGuire befriended the boys as a teacher at Loyola Academy in Wilmette (Illinois.)

They say he molested them at his campus living quarters and during trips to a home on Geneva Lake. They were 14 or 15 years old at the time.

The 75-year-old McGuire of Chicago is charged with five counts of indecent behavior with a child.

Defense lawyer Gerald Boyle used his opening statement to raise questions about the accusers and their motivation.


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