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Abusive priest was once assigned to Westchester parish

<p>Kenneth Charles Ruge. Priest accused of abuse. &nbsp;| Sun-Times Media</p>

Kenneth Charles Ruge. Priest accused of abuse.  | Sun-Times Media

A priest formerly assigned to a Westchester parish was among the offenders detailed in documents on the clergy sex abuse scandal.

The Archdiocese of Chicago released thousands of documents in a settlement this week with victims of sexual abuse by clergy. The effort was aimed at ending secrecy, protecting children, holding officials accountable and encouraging other victims to come forward.

Kenneth Ruge, ordained in 1963, was assigned to Divine Infant Church from 1975 to 1981. He was removed from parish ministry in 1991, due to accusations of child sexual abuse, and was prohibited from exercising priestly duties in 1992.

Ruge admitted in 1994 to abusing more than one child sexually. He was accused by nine minors of sexual abuse. The documents do not specify whether any abuse occurred while Ruge was at Divine Infant or if it involved parishioners.

One victim testified he was abused between the ages of 9 and 13 when Ruge took the boy on camping trips between 1983 and 1986. The priest fondled the boy’s genitals, forced him to sleep without clothes in the same bed and use a sauna while naked, the boy said. The victim said he also was abused by another priest, Robert Becker, and that the two priests said their activities were a secret between the three of them.

Ruge died on My 24, 2002.

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