A Catholic priest in Belleville has been stripped of his priesthood. Raymond Kownacki is accused of molesting altar boys in the 1970's. The diocese has dished-out millions of dollars in settlements to the men Kownacki allegedly abused, two of the cases were just settled last year.
The diocese removed Kownacki from public ministry 13 years ago after the sexual abuse allegations first surfaced. No criminal charges have been filed against Kownacki. His priesthood was officially taken away on January 11th of this year.