Legal Settlement With Chicago Archdiocese Involving Priest Sexual Abuse

A legal settlement with the Chicago Archdiocese, involving priests accused of sex abuse, will include the creation of a system in which the Archdiocese is required to release the files of certain priests accused of sex abuse.

The details of the case and settlement can be found in today’s Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Archdiocese to release priest sex abuse files under settlement with victims.”

As seen at the end of the article:

The Archdiocese issued a statement saying: “The settlement announced today confirms that this process works, and that attorneys need not put their clients through the ordeal of litigation.”

Sex Offenders Inadvertently Allowed To Babysit Children In State Of Illinois Program

Today, the Chicago Tribune had a lengthy article titled “Sex offenders paid to baby-sit.”

An excerpt from the article:

…a Tribune investigation that found cases of convicted rapists, molesters and other violent felons given access to children over the past decade. The money comes from a $750 million-a-year program that subsidizes child care for more than 150,000 impoverished Illinois families.

The state Department of Human Services poorly vetted baby sitters for years — and when a 2009 law forced better checks, it took nearly 18 months to start them, the newspaper’s investigation of the Child Care Assistance Program found.

Also, despite the reforms, the Tribune found that even now the state lacks safeguards to weed out baby sitters who watch children while living in the homes of sex offenders and other felons deemed too dangerous. Based on those findings, the state is vowing further reforms.

It’s nearly impossible to determine just how many of the illegal baby-sitting arrangements the state has allowed. The newspaper found no cases where children were harmed, although privacy laws shield data needed to do an in-depth study.


Rape Of Elderly Woman At Miller South Shore Station

A 16 year old has been charged in the rape of an elderly woman at the Miller South Shore train station on August 13.

On Wednesday, Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) Police announced the arrest of Aarion Teri Lee Mosley of Gary.  The victim was a 68 year old homeless woman, according to NICTD.

The rape occurred at about 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, as the victim sought shelter from the rain and was eating a meal inside the Miller South Shore Station.  A male entered the shelter, drew a handgun and told the victim that if she did not comply with his instructions he would kill her.  After the rape occurred, the suspect escaped on his bicycle, which was captured on various video surveillance equipment including that of NICTD parking lot security cameras.

Mosley is a sophomore at Lew Wallace High School in Gary.  He was picked up for questioning on Monday and later admitted his involvement in the rape.

Mosley has been charged as an adult with multiple counts of rape, robbery and criminal deviate conduct, and was being held at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point.

Additional details can be found in the August 24 Sun-Times story titled “Teen charged with raping elderly woman at South Shore stop.”



Man Charged With Sexual Abuse And Sexual Assault Of Boys In Buffalo Grove Illinois

A 57 year old Mount Prospect man has been charged with sexually assaulting and sexually abusing two 15 year olds in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Details at this time appear limited.  The following is an excerpt from the August 23 Chicago Sun-Times story titled “Man charged with sex abuse of boys.”

Herbert Mallalieu Burgess, of the 2300 block of South Lexington, was charged last week with abusing a boy and another youth between Aug. 8-19.

Buffalo Grove police investigated the case after one of the children’s parents reported that his child had been sexually abused.

Burgess was being held on $1 million bond at Lake County jail.

Buddhist Monk Accused Of Sexual Abuse Of Teen In Chicago Illinois

A former monk of a Southwest Side of Chicago temple has been accused of raping a teenage girl.

The monk hasn’t been charged with a crime but he has been sued for the sexual abuse of a girl who was 13 years old at the time of the alleged abuse.

The girl now has a child and DNA evidence reportedly confirmed the monk as having fathered the child.

According to The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, says that while the monk denies having sex with the girl, the monk admitted such activity to a temple official.

“The head of the temple was well aware of it and yet no one from the temple reported this incident to the police. We believe these officials of this Buddhist temple have been reckless at putting children at risk,” says Barbara Blaine of SNAP.

Additional details can be found at the August 21 ABC7 article titled “Buddhist monk accused of raping teen.”