River Forest Priest Facing Charges Seen near Lincoln School

By Devin Rose
January 17, 2012

Rev. Bede R. Jagoe

River Forest police and school officials are closely monitoring areas around the village's schools after a man charged with sexual abuse was seen multiple times outside of Lincoln School.

Rev. Bede R. Jagoe, 77, turned himself into police last month after he allegedly fondled and tried to kiss a man at Midway Airport, where he was assigned to the chapel. Jagoe is a member of the Dominican order and lives at the Dominican Priory residential community, 7200 W. Division St.

River Forest Deputy Police Chief Craig Rutz said he had heard Jagoe was out on bail but couldn't confirm it. His bail had been set at $10,000 after the Dec. 23 arrest.

Jagoe has reportedly been seen more than once on the playground at Lincoln School, 511 N. Park Ave., in recent weeks, according to an email sent by one River Forest mother to other parents in the area. The woman, who did not want to be identified, said her son has seen Jagoe on the playground "a couple of times," and Jagoe said hello to him once.

In November, another River Forest mother was picking up her 8-year-old son from the same playground after school. According to a police report, the man police later identified as Jagoe tickled the boy's neck and asked him, "I'm not scary, am I?"

Since that incident, staff at all River Forest schools have been provided with an identification photo and were asked to watch for him on school property, according to a letter sent home to families Friday from D90 Superintendent Ed Condon.

Rutz said officers were asked to increase their patrols, but Jagoe wouldn't be arrested if he is spotted again because there is no criminal complaint against him. He said police have no other information that would make them think he's a threat to children in the area, and the November report is no longer being investigated.


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