Category Archives: Father John Gow

Former Dixon priest cleared of wrongdoing now works in St. Charles


ATTENTION. IF ANY PRIEST IS CLEARED, RAPE VICTIMS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WILL IN FACT POST FOLLOW UPS TO THEIR STORIES. I AM SEEKING JUSTICE, NOT A KANGAROO COURT.

Former Dixon priest cleared of wrongdoing now works in St. Charles

BY DAVID GIULIANI – dgiuliani@saukvalley.com

Created: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:45 a.m. CDT

From the link: http://www.kcchronicle.com/mobile/article.xml/articles/2013/09/04/19801916/index.xml

This is a follow-up to a posting on this blog from the link: https://rapevictimsofthecatholicchurch.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/priest-removed-from-church-citing-investigation-into-his-computer/#comment-3014

ST. CHARLES – A former Dixon priest has returned to the ministry after law enforcement authorities cleared him of wrongdoing in a computer usage investigation, the area’s Catholic bishop said.

In March, the Diocese of Rockford relieved the Rev. John Gow of St. Patrick Parish in Dixon as a result of the investigation, Bishop David Malloy of Rockford said in a statement. It was done as a precaution while Gow and the diocese cooperated with authorities, the bishop said.

Gow has now been assigned as associate pastor at St. John Neumann Parish in St. Charles. He started Sunday.

“Father Gow is returning to the full exercise of his priestly duties and deserves the total restoration of his good name and reputation,” Malloy said. “The information that prompted the investigation was baseless.”

Malloy’s statement was read Sunday during weekend Masses at St. Patrick.

“I wish to thank the parish family of St. Patrick in Dixon for your support of Father Gow during these difficult months,” Malloy said. “In addition, I am grateful to Father Gow for his cooperation and patience during this time.”

Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss said his department conducted a full investigation of Gow. It was based on information that Gow had downloaded child pornography on an electronic device, the chief said.

Officers executed a search warrant to look at all of Gow’s devices and found no child pornography, Langloss said. The department got help from a computer forensics team from the attorney general’s office.

The diocese and Gow cooperated with the police, Langloss said.

In previous interviews, Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said she couldn’t confirm or deny investigations. An online court record shows that the state’s attorney’s office was involved in a subpoena related to Gow earlier this summer, but no other details were available.

Gow was ordained in 2008.

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Priest Removed from Church Citing Investigation into his Computer


Priest Removed from Church Citing Investigation into his Computer

By: Matt Mershon Updated: March 15, 2013

PLEASE READ FOLLOW UP STORY HERE WHERE THIS PRIEST WAS CLEARED: http://www.kcchronicle.com/mobile/article.xml/articles/2013/09/04/19801916/index.xml

This will also be posted on RVoCC in a blog.

From the link: http://mystateline.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=387932

DIXON – One catholic priest is no longer with his parish after the church he worked for announced he and his computer are being investigated by police.  Parishioners, however, are left to their own devices to determind why exactly the priest is no where to be found.

A letter to parishioners of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dixon acknowledged Father John Gow’s absence from the parish on Highland Avenue.  Parishioners say Gow left the parish before Christmas of 2012.

The author of the letter from the Diocese of Rockford, Msgr. Eric Barr, writes that Fr. Gow had been removed by the Diocese because police are currently investigating conduct of the priest, “relative to his computer use.”  The letter adds that Gow is receiving treatment for this supposed issue that’s, “affecting his priesthood.”

The letter is suggestive of child pornography says Barbara Dorris, outreach coordinator of the Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.

“We’re left to guess,” said Dorris.  “But the guess would be, since adult porn is not illegal, that is would lead you to believe it’s child porn, or is he selling ivory tusks from the rectory?  We don’t know.”

Dorris says this sort of vague communication in regard to potential crimes committed by priests is what’s plaguing the Catholic Church.

“Why didn’t they immediately inform parishioners so that parents could talk to their children and say, ‘Have you been hurt?'” questions Dorris.

“You need to get to the truth of these matters and you do that by encouraging people to tell what they know.”

The Diocese maintains that there are no allegations of abuse against Fr. Gow and no charges have been filed against him.  They say his removal is precautionary.

“How do we know there’s no abuse if you’ve kept it secret all this time?”

“If he is in possession of child porn, he did harm a child and again we’re guessing because they haven’t told us why the police are investigating him,'” commented Dorris.

The Diocese’s letter mentions that Fr. Gow will not be returning to the St. Patrick Parish.