Rev. Bede R. Jagoe

A 77-year-old River Forest priest was charged Dec. 23 with criminal sexual abuse after he fondled and attempted to kiss a man at Midway Airport earlier last month, according to Chicago Police News Affairs.

Rev. Bede R. Jagoe, is a member of the Dominican order and lives at the Dominican Priory residential community, 7200 W. Division St., said Jessica Mackinnon, director of public information at Dominican University. Jagoe is not a member of Dominican’s faculty or staff, she said.

He turned himself in to Chicago Police Dec. 23, said News Affairs Officer Robert Perez.

Jagoe received the felony charge for an incident that allegedly occurred the morning of Dec. 11 in one of the airport’s terminals, Perez said. The Chicago Tribune reported that Jagoe, who was assigned to the chapel at the airport, spoke to the man after services that day and tried to kiss him in an elevator. Surveillance cameras captured Jagoe moving toward the man.

The 58-year-old victim reported the incident to Chicago police after he returned home to Kansas, according to the Tribune. Jagoe’s bail was set at $10,000.

Charles Bouchard, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Albert the Great, of which Jagoe was a member, could not be reached for comment.

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