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Benedictine monk charged with attempted child abduction

Bail was set at $50,000 today for a Benedictine monk accused of trying to abduct a 14-year old girl in north suburban Antioch on Thursday.

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57-year old Thomas Chmura of Benet Lake, Wisconsin appeared in Lake County court.

A judge ordered him not to have contact with anyone under age 17.

Antioch Police say the 14 year old told them he pulled-up in a van and approached the victim while she was walking on Skidmore Drive.

The girl ran away.

A police report was made and an off-duty officer spotted the van he was in, registered to Saint Benedicts Abbey in Benet Lake.

Officers say when they interviewed Chmura, he admitted to approaching the girl for the purpose of sexual gratification.

He reportedly also told authorities he has offered rides to teenage females up to ten times in the past six weeks all of whom declined.

Chmura has been a monk for the past 32 years.

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5 Comments to “Benedictine monk charged with attempted child abduction”

    Joe Public said:
    April 27, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    New Pope same perverts

    mediabias said:
    April 28, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    If this was some non-catholic pastor, it wouldn't even make the paper…

    spoolie said:
    April 28, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Ted Kaczynski doppleganger.

    MN-SNAP said:
    April 28, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Here’s a shocking list of 228 accused clerics, nuns and staff
    http://mnsnap.wordpress.com/spooks-fakers-false-s

    SNAPJudy said:
    April 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Thomas Chmura, will find the courage and strength to come forward and contact law enforcement, not the church officials, no matter how long ago your abuse happened. This man needs to be kept far away from kids.

    Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
    Judy Jones, SNAP "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" 636-433-2511, snapjudy@gmail.com

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