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Illinois Priest Who Attacked Clinic Assigned a Top Position at a Catholic Church

A priest who attacked a women’s health clinic in 2001 has been assigned a top position in a Catholic Church in Elgin, Illinois. Rev. John P. Earl was charged with two counts of criminal damage to property in 2001 after he crashed his car into the Northern Illinois Women’s Clinic and used an ax to break windows, doors, and surveillance equipment, according to the Rockford Register Star. Earl pleaded guilty and was sentenced 30 months of probation.

Since his guilty plea, he has been transferred twice. On July 1, Earl began serving as parochial administrator at St Joseph Catholic Church in Elgin, Ill, according to the Chicago Sun Times. When asked about his move, Earl told reporters he was “happy to be here,” but would not comment on the clinic or his transfers, according to the Sun-Times.

Sources:

Chicago Sun Times 7/6; Rockford Register Star 7/7

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