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Priests accused of sexual misconduct moving away from school

August 21, 2018

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet announced Monday that two retired priests accused of sexual misconduct will be out of a suburban Chicago retirement facility that is adjacent to a junior high school by midweek.

The Revs. James Nowak, 81, and Richard Jacklin, 67, reside at the St. John Vianney Villa in Naperville. Diocese officials said the moves come after neighbors, school officials and parents raised concerns about the retirement home’s proximity to Kennedy Junior High School in Lisle.

Diocese spokesman Edward Flavin said Monday that Jacklin moved out of St. John Vianney Villa in Naperville over the weekend and Nowak is scheduled to leave Wednesday.

“The Diocese of Joliet is sensitive to the concerns raised by the school parents,” the diocese said in a statement. “While the Naperville Police Department has visited the residence, investigated the matter and determined that no laws are being violated, the Diocese appreciates that the safety of children must always be the top priority.”

Flavin would not disclose where the men would be living other than to say “not near a school.”

Neither priest has been convicted of a crime, so there is no legal prohibition for them living near a school.

Jacklin was arrested Oct. 31, 2017, by Illinois State Police on allegations he assaulted a resident at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee. He has been charged with criminal sexual assault by force and sexual misconduct on a person with a disability. His next court date is Oct. 4.

Nowak was listed in an October 2016 Diocese of Joliet memo titled “Diocesan priests with a credible allegation(s) of sexual abuse of minors made against them while serving in the Joliet Diocese.” Nowak was ordained in May 1976 and removed from ministry in 2012.

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