Suit accuses former Schaumburg priest of sex abuse

CHICAGO — A lawsuit accuses a former suburban Chicago priest of sexually abusing a child for eight years and paying him to keep quiet.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the anonymous plaintiff filed the suit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court. Now 28 years old, he alleges the abuse began in 1995 when he was 10.

At that time, he and his family attended St. Matthew Parish in Schaumburg.

The suit says that on some occasions the priest gave him alcohol before molesting him.

It also accuses the priest of paying him $3,000 when he turned 18 in exchange for a written assurance that he wouldn't report the abuse.

A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Chicago said church officials had not yet seen the lawsuit.