Columnist Tells Personal Story of Priest Sex Abuse

WBBM [Joliet IL]
February 23, 2006

(WBBM Newsradio 780) -- A local newspaper columnist is telling a heart-wrenching story, his story about sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a Joliet diocese priest in the 1970s.

Daily Southtown newspaper columnist Tim Placher writes in Thursday's paper that he was the victim of abuse by a Catholic priest from the time he was a fifth grader until he was 17 years old and had become disgusted by the priest's behavior.

Placher identifies the priest as Father Richard Ruffalo who, Placher says, was well-known to have a place in Las Vegas where he took his young friends although, curiously enough, Ruffalo was not mentioned by Joliet Archdiocese Bishop Joseph Imesch as a priest who had had credible allegations of sex abuse made against him.

Placher writes a gut-wrenching tale about the priest plying him with alcohol, letting him drive before he was old enough to and making sexual advances towards him.

Ruffalo died more than seven years ago.


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