Catholic Church Agrees to Settlement on Criminal (Hetero)Sexual Abuse by Priest Who Once Served in Crystal Lake

The Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald are reporting that the Rockford Diocese of the Catholic Church has agreed to a $2.2 million settlement in a complaint brought against it sexual abuse of two teenage girls from Kane County by the then Rev. Mark Campobello.

The now 47-year old ex-priest pled guilty in 1999 to molesting the two girls. He is now in jail. Campobello is scheduled to be paroled February 13, 2008.

The Rockford Register-Star has a history of his church posts by Geri Nikolai. It includes

Oct. 6, 2000: Parochial vicar, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Crystal Lake

The article lists his hometown as Crystal Lake as well.

Insurance will pay for all but $500,000 of the settlement, the Daily Herald’s Tona Kunz reports.

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The photographs are from the Illinois Department of Corrections web site.

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