Former Crystal Lake Priest Campobello Released after Parole Violation

By Shaw Suburban
Northwest Herald

July 8, 2008

A former area priest has been released from a two-month stint in prison, after the Prisoner Review Board ruled he had violated terms of his parole, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Mark Campobello, 43, was released on parole in February after serving more than three and a half years of an eight-year sentence for a sex abuse conviction.

In February, Campobello, who was living in Crystal Lake, took an approved trip, but he made three additional stops along the way, according to Jorge Montes, chairman of the state Prisoner Review Board.

The board called the violations “very minor” and decided he should receive a “fairly light sanction,” Montes said.

The board voted in March to send Campobello back to prison for two months for the violation.

Campobello pleaded guilty in 2004 to sexually abusing two girls while he was a priest at St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva and a teacher at Aurora Central Catholic High School. As part of his sentence, he is required to register as a sex offender in Illinois.

Campobello is a 1983 graduate of Crystal Lake High School. He was ordained in 1991. He served at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, and at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in McHenry before moving to Kane County.


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