Retired Clergyman Accused of Abuse

June 11, 2008

WMBD/WYZZ TV - PEORIA — The Survivors' Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, is calling attention to a new lawsuit filed against a retired clergyman for abuse that allegedly occurred almost a decade ago. Jeff Anderson, the attorney for the alleged victim says the boy was sexually abused twice by Monsignor Thomas Maloney at Epiphany Catholic Church in Normal. The alleged victim would have been nine-years-old at the time.

According to the lawsuit, Maloney also allegedly abused at least one other child in the late 1970s, and a third child reportedly told the diocese that Maloney molested her, too, and that the diocese did nothing.

Anderson said: "That's really the sad and disturbing thing - not just that a child was raped by a priest, but that the priest was a known offender."

The alleged victim is now 20-years-old and lives in Michigan. A representative from the Catholic Diocese of Peoria tells us they are not aware of the lawsuit. They say they have "no comment" at this time.


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