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This alone is an enormous financial commitment that Bishop Jenky will continue to uphold." The lawsuits were filed in Peoria County Circuit Court after a news conference held by two alleged victims, a victims' group president, family members and other supporters.The gathering was held in the 600 block of Northeast Madison Avenue across the street from the diocesan chancery, where Jenky lives and has his office. Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, demanded that the names of all clergy members accused of sexual abuse be posted on the Peoria diocese's Web site.It was unclear whether that case involved the man now accusing him. Louis Condon, accused by Mary Krusz, 55, of sexual assault between 19 when she was 6 to 9 years old and a student at St. Condon retired from ministry in 1986 and has been removed from public ministry. Augustine; accused by Joseph Jones, 55, of Pekin of sexual assault once between 19 when he was 13 to 17 years old and a member of St. Kyker, 51, of sexual assault between 19 when she was 6 to 7 years old and a student at St. The diocese said he had been removed from ministry for reasons not related to sexual misconduct allegations. Also named in one of the lawsuits was "Sister Mary Jane," accused of sexually assaulting a girl in the early 1960s at St. Attorney Frederic Nessler, whose firm filed the lawsuits, wasn't able to give a last name for the nun.Allegations Nine civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by five priests and one nun were filed in Peoria County Circuit Court on Wednesday. - Monsignor Norman Goodman, accused by Krusz of sexual assault between 19 while she was a member of St. Walter Breuning, accused by Ron Ver Straete, 52, of sexual assault between 19 while he was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Pekin; and accused by Jeffrey Jones, 52, of Rockford of sexual assault between 19 when he was 11 to 17 years old and a member of St. Bush's attorney, Aldo Botti, said his client was innocent of the allegations. The diocese, in a written statement Wednesday, said, "At this point, the plaintiff's attorneys have not provided sufficient information to the diocese to determine the identity of 'Sister Mary Jane.'" Each suit filed Wednesday contains several counts of abuse and negligence asking for a minimum ,000 per count.The diocesan statement said Jenky has taken proper steps in dealing with the issue and has made the names of accused priests public on various occasions."Bishop Jenky remains committed to his belief that the only way for authentic healing to occur is for victims of abuse to participate in professional counseling," chancellor Gibson said."Neighbors who reside close to these men and woman have a right to know," she said."Bishop Jenky has a beautiful policy" to deal with victims and allegations of abuse, Blaine said, but "victims don't feel the compassion and respect promised in the policy." She said Jenky should take a more proactive approach by "reaching out" to victims and visiting parishes where abuse has taken place.
Some of the alleged incidents, dating as far back as the 1950s, occurred in Peoria and Tazewell counties. Norman Goodman, Walter Breuning, Edward Bush, Toussaint J. All of them previously had been removed from public ministry by the diocese, in some cases because of allegations brought by some of those bringing the new lawsuits, diocesan officials said. Perron, accused by Joseph Sims Jr., 40, of sexual assault between 19 when he was 16 to 17 years old and a member of St. Perron has been removed from public ministry and served three years in prison for sexual assault.
Criminal charges have only been brought against Perron, who served three years in prison in the 1990s for sexual assault. - Sister Mary Jane, last name unknown, accused by Lisa M. Condon, now 83 and living in Moline, denied the allegations Wednesday.