|Rev. John M. Furdek
Summary of Case: A priest of the Joliet diocese, Furdek was arrested in February 2000 in Racine, WI, when he tried to meet up for sex with a 14 year-old boy he had met on the internet. The "boy" turned out to be an undercover detective. Furdek was also found to have in his possession anabolic steroids and marijuana, intending to give them to the "boy". He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, 12 years of extended supervision after his incarceration, and 10 years probation, to run concurrently with the supervision. He was released from prison in May 2006. He was found in February 2007 to be living in a Chicago condominium in a building which also housed a daycare center. The Illinois Department of Corrections had approved of that living situation, but planned to order Furdek to move in response to media attention. Furdek is a registered sex offender in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Joliet bishop was Joseph Leopold Imesch (1979-2006)
|1987||Sts. Peter and Paul||Naperville||IL||3/4||Parish had a school with 563-583 students.|
|1987||1988||Furdek is not indexed in the 1988 Directory, nor is he listed at his previous assignment in the Milwaukee archdiocesan pages of the Directory.|
|1988||1989||Sts. Peter and Paul||Naperville||IL||2/4||The parish school had 574 students.|
|1989||1996||St. Philip the Apostle||Addison||IL||2/3||Parish had a school with 262-277 students, and a religious education program shown in the 1996 Directory with 600 students.|
|St. Mary of Gostyn||Downers Grove||IL|
• In February 2000 Furdek was arrested in Racine, Wisconsin, for trying to meet up for sex with what he thought was a 14-year- old boy. It turns out the "boy" was an undercover detective who had interacted with Furdek via an internet chat room. Furdek had with him some marijuana and anabolic steroids to give to the "boy".
|IL||1/2||Parish had a school with 278-305 students.|
|2000||2001||Furdek is not indexed in the 2001 Directory.|
|2001||2002||Absent on Leave||Furdek is not indexed in the Directories after 2002. He was known to be living in Chicago in 2002.|
Furdek was sentenced in May 2003 to 15 years in prison for attempted sexual assault of a child. He was expected to be released after 3 years with 12 years of extended supervision. He was also sentenced 10 years probation for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. This was to run concurrently with the supervision.
Furdek was paroled in May 2006. A registered sex offender, he was found in Feb. 2007 to be living in a Chicago condominium in a building which also housed a daycare center. In response to media attention, the Illinois Department of Corrections planned to order Furdek to move, although it had approved his living there previously. In 2011, he remains a registered sex offender in IL and WI.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1985-2002)
• Dupage Priest Charged in Internet Sex Sting, By Jeff Coen, Chicago Tribune, February 19, 2000