CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools correspondence obtained by The Associated Press shows that it gave a former priest access to the schools for months, despite the knowledge that he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexual abuse of 6-year-old boy when he was about 15.
Only after the victim, Eric Johnson, and the AP asked about Wellems did CPS bar him from all the schools.
The research of CPS intensified after a June 8 article in the Chicago Tribune of the alleged sexual abuse by school staff members.
Wellems was not on the staff. But he worked with CPS as executive director of the non-profit Peace and Education Coalition. It runs alternative schools CPS properties.
A CPS spokeswoman told the AP Thursday that it is now forbidden Wellems. CPS told Johnson in April that the supervision, but not to prohibit Wellems.