Monday, September 14, 2015

St. Francis Borgia priest accused of sexual abuse of a minor, put on administrative leave |

A Milwaukee priest is on administrative leave after an allegation arose of sexual abuse against a minor. The alleged abuse happened 38 years ago, but only recently was an identification made.

According to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the priest denies this allegation and the district attorney has decided not to prosecute. However, this priest will be on leave while an investigation is underway.

A meeting of the pastoral council was held on Thursday, September 3rd at St. Francis Borgia Parish in Cedarburg. Members were told that Father Tom Eichenberger is now on administrative leave.

Eichenberger is accused of sexual assault of a minor back in 1977. This allegation first arose in 2012, as part of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Chapter 11 bankruptcy process -- but only in the last few weeks was a name attached to the claim.

St. Francis Borgia priest accused of sexual abuse of a minor, put on administrative leave |

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Kent Lovern, the chief deputy district attorney, said his office received notification from the archdiocese as part of “a long standing protocol we have with the archdiocese.” He said that after lawyers in his office determined that the age of the allegation exceeded the statute of limitations “we determined we had no basis to move forward” and that no additional investigation of the allegations was made. He said that even if the case had been brought to his office as soon as the allegation was made in the bankruptcy, it still would have been outside the statute of limitations.
Listecki said in the letter that the case involving Eichenberger is now being reviewed by the Diocesan Review Board, a committee created in 2003 by then-archbishop Timothy Dolan, now cardinal of New York. The committee is headed by Margaret Farrow, a longtime Republican legislator who was appointed lieutenant governor of Wisconsin in 2001, a post she held for about two years. She did not respond to an email or phone messages.

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