Statute of limitations may have run out on priest

By Nick Kovatch on October 10 at 8:25am

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It appears the statute of limitations has run out on a sexual misconduct allegation against a former Jacksonville priest.

The accusations allege the incident involving Reverend Robert “Bud” DeGrand occurred in 1980 while he was assigned to Our Saviour Parish, the same year he was ordained.

The Catholic Diocese of Springfield received the allegation September 9th. The Diocesan Review Board found the allegation to have “a semblance of truth” September 13th and began a preliminary investigation.

As required, the Catholic Diocese of Springfield notified the Morgan County State’s Attorney’s Office and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Morgan County state’s attorney Robert Bonjean says a person accused of sexual misconduct can still be prosecuted until the victim reaches the age of 38. Bonjean says it appears the victim in this case is older than 38, but there are certain circumstances as to when the victim reveals the abuse for the first time that could trigger an extension.

Bonjean says he wants to get more definitive ages, dates and times to make that determination.

The diocese investigation is ongoing.

DeGrand, who is 61 years old, was serving as the pastor of several eastern Illinois parishes, but has temporarily withdrawn since the investigation began.