Catholic Diocese of Peoria Removes Three Men from Priesthood, Citing Credible Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

By Andy Kravetz
Journal Star
November 1, 2018

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria has removed three retired priests from public ministry because of credible allegations of sexual abuse that occurred decades ago.

In a news release, Bishop Daniel Jenky announced that George Hiland, Duane Leclercq and John Onderko can no longer function as priests in any public capacity, wear clerical garb or the Roman collar, and are to refrain from using the title reverend or father.

In the release, Hiland is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor about 50 years ago. Leclercq was alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct about 30 years ago. Onderko allegedly did the same thing about 55 years ago.

Jenky said his office reported the allegations to the state’s attorney where the allegations occurred, per diocesan policy.








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