Priest cleared of allegation of sexual misconduct reinstated

Priest cleared of allegation of sexual misconduct reinstated

Priest cleared of allegation of sexual misconduct reinstated

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Chicago Archbishop, attends a press conference on a Vatican summit on preventing clergy sex abuse, at the Vatican, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Credit: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia.)

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has reinstated a priest to his duties after allegations of misconduct involving a minor proved to be unfounded.

CHICAGO — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has reinstated a priest to his duties after allegations of misconduct involving a minor proved to be unfounded.

The archdiocese in August removed Father Gary Graf as pastor of San Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio Parish after he was accused by a minor of inappropriate behavior. The teenager alleged he received a telephone call from the church secretary saying Graf was attracted to him. He also said Graf would rub his shoulders and once offered him a free car.

Graf in January was found not guilty of sexual misconduct by a Cook County judge. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services also found the allegations “unfounded.”

In a letter San José Luis Sánchez del Río parishioners Saturday, Cardinal Blase Cupich said the archdiocese also investigated the allegations and cleared him.

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