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Rev. Robert "Bud" DeGrand allegedly committed the abuse in 1980
A former Jacksonville priest is being investigated for an alleged incident of sexual misconduct while he was serving at a church there 33 years ago.
The Rev. Robert “Bud” DeGrand, 61, has temporarily withdrawn from serving Catholic parishes in Sigel, Neoga, Green Creek and Lillyville, in east-central Illinois, according to a statement from the Springfield Catholic Diocese.
DeGrand has also served parishes in Winchester, Bluffs and Granite City.
The alleged misconduct occurred while DeGrand was serving Our Saviour Parish in Jacksonville in 1980, the same year he was ordained to the priesthood, according to a news release issued by the diocese Thursday.
“The Springfield diocese takes such allegations very seriously,” Bishop Thomas John Paprocki said in the release.