Chicago priest investigated for allegation he abused minor in 1979

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CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - A Chicago pastor has been asked to step aside from ministry while an allegation of sex abuse is being investigated.

The Archdiocese said in a statement Saturday that Father Patrick Lee of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish has been accused of abusing a minor in 1979 while he worked at St. Christopher Parish in Midlothian.

The allegation is being investigate by local prosecutors.

Father Lee has served at many Chicago parishes, including:

  • St. Christopher Parish (Midlothian), associate pastor, May 12, 1976 to June 30, 1979
  • St. Matthias Parish (Ainslie Street, Chicago), associate pastor, May 23, 1979 to December 7, 1983
  • Quigley Preparatory Seminary (North), faculty member, July 1, 1979 to December 31, 1986
  • St. Giles Parish (Oak Park), associate pastor, December 7, 1983 to December 30, 1986
  • Immaculate Conception Parish (North Park Avenue, Chicago), associate pastor, June 15, 1986 to April 14, 1987
  • Immaculate Conception Parish (North Park Avenue, Chicago), pastor, April 14, 1987 to July 1, 2013
  • St. Joseph Parish (N. Orleans Street, Chicago), pastor, July 1, 2001 to July 1, 2013
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish (Belmont Avenue, Chicago), pastor, July 1, 2013 to present