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August 1, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Priest Temporarily Removed From Ministry After 30 Year Old Sex Claims


A Central Illinois priest has been removed from the ministry temporarily while officials investigate a claim that the priest had sexual contact with a minor more than 30 years ago.

 

A preliminary investigation by the Springfield Catholic Diocese found the allegation had, quote, “a semblance of truth,” leading to the decision to sideline Father Robert “Bud” DeGrand.

 

DeGrand currently serves parishes in Shelby, Effingham and Cumberland counties, but the alleged incident occurred in 1980, when he was stationed at Our Saviour Parish in Jacksonville.

 

Morgan County prosecutors have also been notified about the allegation.

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