New Lawsuit Details 'Tag Team of Abuse' At St. Louis de Montfort

Lawsuit claims Archdiocese was negligent in protecting children at St. Louis de Montfort from two convicted pedophiles, Fr. Maday and scout leader Tom Hacker in early 1970s.

Ex-priest and convicted child pedophile Norbert Maday, in prison mugshot. Credit: Wisconsin DOC
Ex-priest and convicted child pedophile Norbert Maday, in prison mugshot. Credit: Wisconsin DOC

Three men filed lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Chicago and one of its former priests claiming they had been sexually abused by Norbert Maday when he was assigned to St. Leo Catholic Church in Chicago, and later, St. Louis de Montfort Church in Oak Lawn.

The lawsuits come on the heels of the release of 6,000 pages of secret files kept by the Chicago Archdiocese as part of a court settlement, detailing how the nation’s third largest archdiocese shuttled troubled priests from parish to parish, and hid their histories from the public and parishioners.

The plaintiffs, who filed anonymously as “John Does,” were between the ages of nine and 14 when the alleged incidents of abuse took place. The case was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County on Thursday by the Chicago-based law firm of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C.

The incidents of abuse took place between 1967 and 1973, the plaintiffs’ attorneys claim. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs, now adult men in their 50s, were victims of a “known and preventable hazard that the [defendants] created and allowed to continue.”

Also named in the lawsuit is convicted pedophile Thomas Hacker, who while working at St. Louis de Montfort during the same time period of Maday, also allegedly abused two of the plaintiffs.

The sixteen-count complaint accuses Maday and Hacker of numerous instances of sexual abuse and battery, and the Archdiocese of Chicago of breaching its duty to protect the children in its care. 

Maday was convicted in a Wisconsin court in 1994 on three counts of sexual assault and one count of intimidating a victim after he molested two altar boys from Our Lady of the Ridge in Chicago Ridge 

The Archdiocese is also accused of fraudulent misrepresentation and concealment for failing to disclose what it knew or should have known about pedophile priests and school employees in the Archdiocese, and about Fr. Maday and Thomas Hacker in particular.

Hacker was convicted in 1989 on multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault against three Boy Scouts, ages 11 and 13, from St. Louis de Montfort Church's Troop 1600. He waged a 17-year reign of terror in the Chicago region, positioning himself as a youth sports coach, park district director and Boy Scout leader, where he had often had unsupervised access to young boys.

Included in the complaint are shocking allegations of Maday and Hacker’s association and shared proclivity as sexual predators of young boys in what has been detailed as a "tag team of abuse" at St. Louis de Montfort in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

While being sexually assaulted by Maday at St. Louis de Montfort, John Doe #2 purports that Maday began inviting Hacker on youth retreats, where he was sexually assaulted by Hacker as well, the complaint alleges.

John Doe #3, too, claims that he was abused by both Maday and eventually Hacker while a student at St. Louis de Montfort School. 

In addition to the numerous accusations of sexual abuse of battery against Maday and Hacker, the complaint alleges that the Archdiocese of Chicago breached its duty to protect the children in its care. The man designated by the Archdiocese as Boy Scout liaison and charged with protecting children against child pedophiles like Hacker -- Father Maday -- was a child sex predator himself.

Maday, now 76, erroneously reported as deceased in other news reports, is finishing out his 20-year prison sentence at a halfway house in Osh Kosh, WI.  Defrocked in 2007, Maday must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life and wear an electronic monitor.

After his conviction in 1989, Hacker, also 76, remains in prison where he is serving an indefinite sentence and has been declared a "sexually dangerous person." He is said to be writing his autobiography in Big Muddy River Correctional Center.

“’Outrageous’ is not too strong of a word to describe the serious and prolonged abuse at the hands of both Norbert Maday and Thomas Hacker, suffered by two of the plaintiffs we represent,” commented lawyer Christopher Hurley in a written statement.  

“And I have a distinct feeling that my clients are not the only ones  victimized by what amounts to a ‘tag team’ of abusers,” he added.

OakLawnGuy January 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM
If you really want to get riled up, read the Maday file the Archdiocese recently released. His criminal assaults crossed several parishes over the years, and the then-Cardinal did all he could to shorten what was an already-light sentence.
Kathleen Nugent January 23, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Just plain disgusting. I hope the archdiocese is held responsible to the highest degree. There is no excuse for there deception what so ever. They the archdiocese are a disgrace to man kind.
Pat F January 23, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Why aren't the leaders who where in charge during these abuses in prison?? All they did was pass these perverts to abuse children at other churches?? Why is the court system turning their backs on all this info that was released?? The courts no longer work for the people! CEOs, politicians and just about anyone in a highly ranked position (religious and otherwise) walk in one door and out another at our court houses!! They are not doing the job they were designed to do!! Wake up People!! We are slowly losing all our morals and our rights as Legal US Citizens!!
OakLawnGuy January 23, 2014 at 02:08 PM
Probably because many of the liturgical leaders they could go after and still fall within the statute of limitations are dead. The question for me is, what concrete plan is the Catholic Church enacting to prevent this from happening again? Their current answer of screening lay volunteers and employees is a complete evasion.
tmarc75 January 24, 2014 at 09:06 AM
As a Catholic, stuff like this is very sad to read. It goes against everything I was taught growing up in both Catholic grade school and high school. I am glad I wasn't victim to any of this travesty. I can only imagine what these people have suffered.
EOMessage January 24, 2014 at 12:14 PM
I agree with you tmarc75
MoonBeamWatcher January 25, 2014 at 05:27 PM
As Hillary would say: "What difference does it make now?" Me, I see this as an attack on Obamas arch enemys ORGANIZED RELIGION. The only objection to Abortion, Porn and Homosexual Obamination comes from worshipors of G-d!
Carol Galvin January 25, 2014 at 05:37 PM
This has gone on since the beginning of time. Men covering up for other men has gone on for centuries also. WHY????? I guess we must study the hierachy of men to truly see the picture. I think it goes like this: The higher men go in the hierachy that has developed over the centuries, the more favors they can get. If you are a King, President, Pope, etc. you can command pretty much what you want. If you are a judge, lawyer, Finance Executive, Military General, etc. You can get into the club and now lots of men, with titles, education and power, get together to talk about favors for the clergy. So glad to meet you. What favor can I do for you? Men want ALL THE POWER and so they belittle and treat women and children badly so they will know WHO HAS THE POWER. So the priest knew they would just be sent to another parish. I do not see how the Catholic church can survive for much longer. To many people hate what it stands for.
Buck Wilde January 25, 2014 at 05:43 PM
The idolaters are evil and rotten to the core.
Ken Reed January 25, 2014 at 06:59 PM
This conduct fom the church that opposes "the pill" and gay marriage on moral grounds? What moral standing do they have?
Louis Devault January 27, 2014 at 02:01 AM
pay them and be done with it. Unless your willing to stone the former leaders for blasphemy!
Tom Wilson January 27, 2014 at 06:26 AM
This is rampant in the Catholic church, I had a friend who is a woman with a severe alcohol problem caused only by her trust in God only to be molested by a priest. Bernie Cardinal Law(skin-beef in charge) ignored this for years only to set off s a firestorm in Ireland where six bishops resigned in disgust. Good church for old white haired men they better wake up soon there base is dwindling
Chuck Swarthy January 27, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Ok they did not 'lay out a tag tem of abuse' -- they accuse them of a tag team of abuse -- they have not been found guilty.
Chuck Swarthy January 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM
And please stop tarring the entrie church with th same brush -- not all priests are pedofiles, not all Bishops copvered it up. Some did act on the claims.
Robert Johnson January 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM
This diocese should be charged under the RICO statute for engaging in a pattern of criminal behavior.
John Slatten January 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM
And the catholic church keeps churning out more pedophiles, The church should be banned everywhere
Owen Eff January 27, 2014 at 02:08 PM
That's your religion - not mine! The God I love doesn't need a religion.


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