Third man accuses Michael Pfleger of inappropriate sexual behavior

Chicago News

CHICAGO — A third man has come forward accusing St. Sabina pastor, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, of inappropriate sexual behavior.

In an affidavit, the 59-year-old man, a St. Sabina graduate who now lives in Texas, says he was 18 when Pfleger allegedly grabbed him in a sexual manner. He says it happened in 1979.

The man says he smoked marijuana and drank alcohol with Pfleger beginning when he was 15 or 16.

“Father Pfleger definitively states that this alleged incident, which purportedly occurred when the man was 18 years old, did not happen. He never touched this man in any sexual or inappropriate way at any time,” Pfleger’s attorney said.

Unlike the two brothers who allege years of sexual abuse, the man says he does not plan to file an independent claim with the archdiocese, or to seek a financial settlement.

The man says he is coming forward because he is worried about victim trashing, and wanted to acknowledge that the brothers were not the only cases of Pfleger acting inappropriately.

Pfleger has denied the allegations made by the brothers.

“We have received the affidavit and will process it as we do every such allegation,” the archdiocese said in a statement.

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