A Central Illinois priest has temporarily withdrawn from the ministry after an allegation surfaced accusing him of misconduct with a minor in Jacksonville more than 30 years ago.
The Springfield Catholic Diocese says a preliminary review found, quote, “a semblance of truth” in the allegation made against Father Robert “Bud” DeGrand, who is currently assigned to parishes in Shelby, Effingham and Cumberland counties. DeGrand is accused of sexually abusing a minor at Our Saviour Parish in Jacksonville in 1980, shortly after DeGrand was ordained a priest.
The diocese says his withdrawal from the ministry is not an indication of guilt, but is a necessary step while the investigation continues. Morgan County prosecutors have also been notified of the alleged incident.