A noteworthy trial gets underway in DuPage County this week. It involves the first priest the state seeks to confine involuntarily and indefinitely under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. What do you think of this law? Is this a necessary tool to protect people from violent sex offenders who are highly likely to hurt more people if they had their freedom? Or does this test our constitution, since offenders who have served their criminal sentences are kept against their will for simply posing a risk of committing another crime?
The case involves the Rev. Fred Lenczycki, who remains a priest of the Joliet Diocese, even though he was convicted in 2002 of molesting Hinsdale altar boys.
Several hundred people are confined through the program at an Illinois Department of Human Services facility in Rushville.
Prosecutors argue that Lenczycki, 63, is a habitual offender who is likely to harm children again if he was released. Lenczycki's defense attorneys argue that his behavior has changed and he is not a risk.
What do you think should happen? Should this man who was ordained in Naperville in 1972 go free, or remain confined?