Saturday, November 26, 2005


Sex Abuse Investigator Accused Of Molestation

(AP) JOLIET, Ill. - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet says a clinical psychologist who reviewed sexual abuse complaints against its priests has resigned after himself being accused of molesting two boys nearly 30 years ago.

The psychologist, James Carger of Riverside, has denied the allegations, but says he resigned to avoid impeding the work of the Diocesan Review Committee. Carger has led that committee since May of 2003.

No criminal charges have been filed against Carger, but two brothers, now 32 and 31 years old, contended that Carger molested them during counseling in 1979 shortly after their mother filed for divorce. Carger worked for the DuPage County Health Department at the time, and did not begin working for the church's volunteer panel until 23 years later.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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