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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Roman Catholic Priest Charged with Sexual Assault of Developmental Disabled Center Resident in Illinois

Richard Jacklin, 65, booking photo via Illinois State Police.
 (Illinois State Police)
by the Associated Press | Nov. 2, 2017                                                                                            
ILLINOIS - Bond has been set at $1 million for a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a resident of a developmental center outside Chicago.

The Rev. Richard Jacklin was arrested by Illinois State Police on Tuesday for the alleged assault on the resident at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee.

Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe on Thursday told the judge a nurse walked in on Jacklin performing a sex act on a 39-year-old man. The alleged victim has been a patient at Shapiro since 2010 and is paralyzed and has an intellectual disability.

The 65-year-old Jacklin has been charged with criminal sexual assault by force and sexual misconduct of a person with a disability.

The Diocese of Joliet says Jacklin was ordained June 2, 1984, and has been assigned to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Goodrich since 2005.

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