Suburban pastor placed on leave

July 29, 2008 3:25:16 PM PDT
A northwest suburban priest is removed from his post for misappropriation of church funds. It happened at the Saint Walter Parish in Roselle. A head bishop of the diocese in Joliet has placed Father John Regan on administrative leave.

A local bank informed the diocese about irregular banking transactions. The church says it discovered a misappropriation of nearly $112,000. The money was allegedly used for gambling by Father Regan.

He had been pastor of Saint Walter Parish for 2 years. No charges have been filed.