The Rev. Michael Pfleger, a prominent priest in Chicago, is being accused by at least three people who received a national profile for his progressive social activism when he was a teenager.
A 59-year-old truck driver living in Chicago, who lived as a teenager, alleged in an affidavit to church officials that 71-year-old Pfleger once took off his clothes in St. Sabina Church’s priest’s bedroom. Had caught his crochet. The affidavit was released on Wednesday by attorney Eugene Hollander, who is also representing the two brothers, accusing Pfleger of misconduct.
The truck driver said that his alleged encounter with Pfleger occurred in the summer of 1979 when he was 18 years old.
The accuser stated that he and Pfleger regularly drank alcohol, went to jazz clubs and even he was young and smoked marijuana together before the alleged incident in the priest’s room.
The man said in his affidavit, “We smoked marijuana again and I pretended to fall asleep. Mike came up to me and called my name a couple of times.” I didn’t shake and then Mike pushed my penis into his clothes. Caught on top of. I did not agree for Mike to touch me in a sexual way, then I put his hand away. “
Pfleger’s attorneys, Michael Monico and James Figlio, on Wednesday issued a joint statement denying the latest charge.
“Father Pfleger has certainly stated that this alleged incident, which allegedly occurred when the man was 18 years old, did not happen,” according to the attorneys. “He did not touch this man at any time in any sexual or inappropriate way.” Lawyers also denied that Pfleger ever took him to clubs or smoked marijuana with him.
In a statement to NBC Chicago on Wednesday, Archidoc of Chicago said, “We have received the affidavit and will process it as we make every such allegation.”
In January, two of his 60s brothers claimed that Pfleger had mistreated him in 1970, when he was at a seminar in Chicago and that he was in a church choir.
“These allegations have been called false”
Pfleger is investigating the archer brothers’ claims. According to Hollander, the 59-year-old truck driver came forward after the brothers claimed.
Hollander told NBC News on Wednesday, “He is not asking for any compensation, he just wants to reveal the truth.”
Pfleger has long been vocal against racism, violence, and other social inequalities in Chicago. The archives have asked him to step aside from his ministry while it investigates the claims.