Catholic Dioceses investigating allegation of clerical sexual misconduct
Springfield - A priest of the Catholic Diocese in Springfield will temporarily withdraw from ministry, this after an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor over 30 years ago.
Father Robert DeGrand serves parishes in Sigel, Neoga, Green Creek, and Lillyville. He's temporarily withdrawing from the ministry pending further investigation. The diocese says the alleged abuse happened in 1980, while Father Degrand served in Jacksonville.
According to a release from the dioceses the allegation was received by the diocese's victim assistance coordinator on Sept. 9. On Sept. 13, the Diocesan Review Board found the allegation to have "a semblance of truth" and recommended that Bishop Paprocki begin a preliminary investigation.
The diocese has notified the Morgan County States Attorney, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
For more information about the diocesan policies and safe environment programs, visit the diocesan website at www.dio.org/safeenvironment.