CHICAGO (WLS) – The two brothers who accused the pastor of St. Sabina, Father Michael Plfeger, of sexual abuse more than 40 years ago, speak for the first time.
The men don’t want to be identified, but they want their stories to be told.
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“It ruined my life,” said the younger brother.
Both men are in their 60s. Both accuse P. Pfleger of sexual abuse as minors.
“As a kid I was confused, I was confused, I was, you know, you confuse love with caring and, and this is an adult who takes care of me,” said the older brother.
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They said the alleged abuse happened over 40 years ago and the younger brother, who first came forward, said the alleged abuse was responsible for decades of his problems.
“As for drug use, I went in and out of two different penal systems and kept going in and out. Drug use was my escape,” he said. “That way I felt I had to deal with the situation that was causing me great pain.”
On Sunday an attorney for Pfleger released a statement in which he said in part: “Father Pfleger never molested you or anyone else. These allegations are false and are simply made for money. This is a shakedown.”
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The younger brother admits to soliciting Nurses for a payment of $ 20,000 in December 2020 before forwarding his abuse claims to the Archdiocese of Chicago.
“I asked for money because I had a plan,” he said. “If I prayed about it and how I would do it, if he sent me some money that was a plea of guilt, that would be how I would have evidence.”
“I just want to tell my story,” said the older brother. “You know, this happened to me; believe it or not, it’s up to you. It’s not me.”
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At the same time, the brothers were telling their stories, and a group gathered in St. Sabina to support Father Pfleger.
“Always forever in my mouth, when you mention Father Mike’s name, you speak of love, you speak of justice, you speak of hope,” said Joseph Saunders, a member of St. Sabina’s Church.
“I love you, we love you, and we have you,” said Christopher Jones Jr., a member of the Church.
The Archdiocese of Chicago has ordered nurses to withdraw from St. Sabina while the allegations are being investigated. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has also been notified.
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