Priest cleared of allegation of sexual misconduct reinstated

WALLERDORF, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A cross stands on the spire of a Catholic church on September 21, 2018 in Wallerdorf, Germany. The German Bishops Conference is due to release a report on September 25, 2018 in Fulda on sexual abuse by German Catholic priests. According to the report there have been at least 3,677 victims, mostly boys, of abuse in the years between 1946 and 2014. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has reinstated a priest to his duties after allegations of misconduct involving a minor proved to be unfounded.

The archdiocese in August removed Father Gary Graf as pastor of San Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio Parish after he was accused by a minor of inappropriate behavior. The teenager alleged he received a telephone call from the church secretary saying Graf was attracted to him. He also said Graf would rub his shoulders and once offered him a free car.

Graf in January was found not guilty of sexual misconduct by a Cook County judge. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services also found the allegations “unfounded.”

In a letter San José Luis Sánchez del Río parishioners Saturday, Cardinal Blaze Cupich said the archdiocese also investigated the allegations and cleared him.

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