He is not sharing his identity to protect family still in Chicago from any backlash. But he claims Father Pfleger then used that trust to begin sexually abusing him at age 13 — the first time as Pfleger was driving him home. Pfleger was removed from St. Sabina the next day. Then he told his older brother, an Air Force veteran and former police officer, who revealed Pfleger had abused him too. I know of his good side as well.
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CHICAGO AP — Two brothers in their 60s on Monday described years of sexual abuse by a firebrand activist priest who has gained fame speaking out on national politics from the pulpit and for taking on drug dealers in South Side neighborhoods around his Chicago church. The abuse began in the s when Father Michael Pfleger was a seminarian at a West Side church and they were in their early teens singing in the church choir, the brothers said in written statements and during comments at a Monday news conference. At the news conference, the year-old brother, who served more than 20 years in the Air Force before becoming a police officer, said the abuse began when he was around 13, and lasted for four or five years. The younger brother said his struggles to cope with the abuse threw his life off track, contributing to years of drug use and to his imprisonment for non-violent offences. The men did not identify themselves at the news conference, and their lawyers also have not publicly identified them. Pfleger, now 70, groomed the teens by, among other things, taking them roller skating, to amusement parks and teaching them how to drive, the brothers and their lawyer said. Neither brother knew the other had also been abused by Pfleger until early this month, after the younger brother submitted his allegations to the archdiocese.
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In , the archbishop removed him from active ministry because of multiple allegations of child sexual abuse. His uninterrupted tenure in just one parish is normally unheard of in a diocese where pastors usually serve for only six to twelve years. When he was appointed to his present position, at age 31, he became the youngest pastor in the Chicago archdiocese. In , Pfleger adopted an eight-year-old son, Lamar, in defiance of Cardinal John Patrick Cody , who had threatened to fire him if he went ahead with the adoption. Lamar graduated from college and got a job with Continental Airlines , which he lost after the September 11 attacks.
Prominent Chicago priest and activist, Father Michael Pfleger is stepping aside from his duties at Saint Sabina, during the investigation of a sexual abuse allegation. Local News. Weather Traffic U. Station Info. Follow Us:.