Joliet Priest Removed From Ministry Due to Sex Abuse Allegation

A former parish priest associated with Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville was placed on leave after an allegation surfaced that the cleric allegedly abused a minor approximately two decades ago.  The priest, Reverend James Nowak, is retired.  Nowak was pastor of Saints Peter and Paul from June, 2002 to June, 2007.  The Archdiocese of Joliet has forwarded the matter to Rome for review.  There is no word at present as to whether criminal charges will be filed against the priest.