Fr. Michael O'Connell won't be charged following sex abuse investigation

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The ABC7 I-Team reports that the sex abuse investigation of a popular North Side priest has been closed and no charges will be filed.

Since April, Fr. Michael O'Connell of St. Alphonsus Church in Lakeview has been under investigation for allegedly abusing a boy while serving at a different church. O'Connell has always maintained his innocence.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests says it is disappointed and wants O'Connell suspended.

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