CHICAGO (ChurchMilitant.com) – A Catholic priest has fled from his order in Chicago amid a criminal investigation into homosexual rape and possesion of male child porn.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Fr. Richard McGrath has fled from the Augustian facility where he was ordered to stay under supervision.
Fr. Richie Mercado, secretary of the Augustinians’ Midwest province, said McGrath “is unlawfully absent from the community.” As a result of his absence, McGrath’s faculties as a priest have been suspended and he is no longer allowed to represent the Augustinians.
The scandal forced McGrath to abruptly retire from Providence Catholic High School.Tweet
The troubles for Fr. Richard McGrath began in December 2017, when a student at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox reported to police that she saw McGrath, then-president of the school, allegedly looking at an image of a naked boy on his phone while at a school wrestling match.
The criminal investigation stalled when McGrath refused to hand his phone over to police or his religious superiors. The scandal forced McGrath to abruptly retire from Providence Catholic High School run by the Midwest Augustinians, where McGrath is a member.
A short while later, police began investigating allegations that McGrath raped a former student at the school, Robert Krankvich.