Suit Is Quickly Settled in Sex Abuse by Priest

By Jerry Shnay
Chicago Tribune
April 22, 1995

A civil lawsuit accusing a priest of sexual misconduct with a youth has been settled, just eight days after it was filed in Will County.

Rev. Myles White, 53, who spent two years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting a teenage boy, had been accused of molesting another boy for about six years while he was the pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Monee.

Terms of the monetary settlement, agreed to before Associate Judge Michael Lyons, were not announced. But the lawsuit had asked for more than $15,000.

The lawsuit, which named Bishop Joseph L. Imesch of the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, had been filed by Chicago lawyer James Truax on behalf of the youth, now 18.

The molestation is alleged to have occurred while the boy was a member of the church congregation and lasted from 1982 to 1988, when the boy was 6 to 12 years old.

According to the lawsuit, Imesch "knew or should have known" that White was a sexual abuser of children and should not have assigned him to any parish in the diocese.

White's activities first came to light after he was arrested at his summer home in Culver, Ind., after he donated a videotape of a local parade that was sold at a flea market.

The buyer informed law enforcement officials that while viewing the tape, he saw White having sex with a youth.

White pleaded guilty to molesting the youth and in 1993 was sentenced to a 4-year prison term. He was released earlier this year.


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