Five former officers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity — where the 19-year-old Palatine High School graduate was a pledge — pleaded guilty to reckless conduct, a Class A misdemeanor, as part of negotiated agreements. James Harvey, 23, of Northfield; Alexander Jandick, 23, of Naperville; Steven Libert, 23, of Naperville; Patrick Merrill, 22, of Boston, Mass.; and Omar Salameh, 24, of Burbank, were sentenced to 24 months’ conditional discharge, a type of probation. DeKalb County Judge Thomas Doherty also ordered each of them to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service….Seventeen other men pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hazing. Each was sentenced to two years of court supervision, plus 100 hours of community service and a $500 fine. They are: Alexander D. Renn, 22, of Naperville; Michael A. Marroquin, 23, of Roselle; Stefan A. Diaz, 24, of South Beloit; Nelson A. Irizarry, who in 2012 was listed as 19, from DeKalb; Nicholas A. Suter, 22, of Galesburg; Andrew W. Bouleanu, 24, of Skokie; Isaiah Lott, 22, of Cupertino, California; Johnny P. Wallace, 22, of Westmont; Andres Jimenez, 21, of Glendale Heights; Daniel S. Post, 22, of Chicago; Michael D. Pfest, 25, of Chicago; Michael J. Phillip, 23, of Western Springs; Hazel Vergaralope, 24, of Oswego; Thomas F. Costello, 22, of Usnter, Indiana; Nsenzi K. Salasini, 23, of Mount Prospect; David R. Sailer, 22, of Princeton; and Russell P. Coyner, 23, of Channahon.
Sexual abuse by church officialsOn March 1, then-Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said that hundreds of children were sexually abused by about 50 priests or church officials over more than 40 years in the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese, and some bishops attempted to cover up the crimes.Kane stopped in Altoona to reveal the results of an extensive statewide grand jury investigation into child sexual abuse associated with the local diocese.When they were in office, Bishops James Hogan and Joseph Adamec used their influence to get reports from victims or their parents, stymie police investigations and ward off inquiries by powerful court officials, Kane said.