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By Joseph M. Hanneman, Church Militant, January 27, 2020

Bishop Ryan’s ‘retirement’ doesn’t stop sex scandals

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Editor’s Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual abuse of minors and adults that readers might find disturbing. This material is not intended for children. If you or someone you know was sexually abused, contact local law enforcement for help.

“Bishop Ryan raped me!” If anyone thought Daniel L. Ryan’s removal from public life would stop the sex scandals surrounding the retired Illinois prelate, they were sadly mistaken. A woman in the 1400 block of Guemes Court on the northwest side of Springfield called 911 after a crying, frantic man came to her door at 6 a.m. stating Ryan raped him.

According to the Springfield Police Department incident report, the alleged sexual assault actually occurred several months earlier. The complainant, Timothy R. Hugo, 44, said Bp. Ryan invited him to his home after Hugo called a diocesan helpline. Ryan occasionally answered phones at the Catholic Pastoral Center after his October 1999 resignation as bishop. Hugo called the chancery in April 2004 looking for a religious-order brother that he knew. Instead, he ended up speaking with Ryan. The bishop emeritus gave Hugo his private cell phone number and encouraged him to call. Flattered by the attention from a bishop, Hugo later called the number, and before long he had an invitation to visit Bp. Ryan at the home he received from the diocese for his retirement.

After lying down in Ryan’s bed, Hugo said the bishop disrobed and laid down next to him.

He was impressed with Bp. Ryan’s cache of expensive beverages. “All of this fine, imported alcohol and his refrigerator is chock full of it,” Hugo said. “And so I went in and helped myself, and then he would say, ‘Would you like another drink?’ and I’d say, ‘Yeah.’ And so I got another drink and then I kept drinking and he said … “‘You’re getting tired, would you like to go to bed?’ And I said, ‘Well, I better go home.’”  ….

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