A review panel has concluded that an allegation that an area priest sexually abused a minor more than 30 years ago is credible.
The panel of the Springfield Catholic Diocese says there is reason to continue the investigation into the past conduct of Father Robert “Bud DeGrand. DeGrand is currently on leave from several parishes in the Effingham area, but at the time of the allegations in the early 1980s, he was working in Morgan County.
The case was referred to Morgan County prosecutors and DCFS, both of whom found that too much time had passed to build a case against DeGrand. But the review panel’s finding means a Vatican committee will look at the case and could permanently remove DeGrand from active ministry, or even kick him out of the priesthood.