UPDATE: Wisconsin monk pleads guilty in Illinois case

UPDATE: A Wisconsin monk has pleaded guilty to a child abduction count after being accused of trying to abduct four girls in Illinois earlier this year.

Thomas Chmura

UPDATED Thursday, December 5, 2013 --- 2:52 p.m.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) -- A Wisconsin monk has pleaded guilty to a child abduction count after being accused of trying to abduct four girls in Illinois earlier this year.

Thomas Chmura agreed to a negotiated plea deal on Thursday in Lake County court. Chmura is a former monk at the St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis.

The 57-year-old was sentenced to two years of probation. He also must undergo sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The judge has allowed Chmura to move to Jefferson County in Missouri where he can receive treatment.

Defense attorney Robert Hauser says Chmura didn't want the girls involved to have to go through a trial.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, September 10, 2013 --- 4:59 p.m.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) -- The attorney for a Wisconsin monk accused of trying to abduct four girls in Illinois says he hopes a plea deal can be reached in the case.

Defense attorney Robert Hauser tells the Daily Herald he will speak with prosecutors in the case against 57-year-old Thomas Chmura. Chmura is a former monk at the St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis.

A hearing was scheduled Tuesday in the case but was postponed to Oct. 16. Chmura is scheduled to go to trial Nov. 1.

Chmura is free on $50,000 bond and has pleaded not guilty. He lives with his father in the Chicago suburbs and must wear an ankle-monitoring device.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 15, 2013 --- 12:07 p.m.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) -- A Benedictine monk from Wisconsin has denied trying to abduct four Illinois girls.

The Waukegan News-Sun reports that 57-year-old Thomas Chmura was arraigned on Tuesday in Lake County. He is accused of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl, two 12-year-old girls and an 11-year-old girl into his vehicle last month. He denied the child abduction charges during the hearing.

Chmura lives at St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis. He was arrested based on a description provided by one of the girls.

Chmura remains in the Lake County jail on $150,000 bond.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, May 9, 2013 --- 5:57 p.m.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) -- A judge has increased the bond of a Benedictine monk from Wisconsin who is charged with trying to abduct an Illinois teenager.

The Waukegan News-Sun reports Lake County Circuit Judge Christopher Stride tripled the bond for Thomas Chmura during an arraignment hearing Thursday.

Chmura posted a $50,000 bond after being accused of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl in Antioch. However, a judge revoked the bond.

Defense attorney Kenneth Clark raised the bond issue during Thursday's hearing. Stride refused to overturn the bond revocation, instead raising it to $150,000.

Police say the 14-year-old was approached by a man in a station wagon asked if she needed a ride. Chmura, who lives at St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis., was arrested Friday based on the girl's description.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013 --- 2:48 p.m.

ANTIOCH, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities say a Benedictine monk from Wisconsin has been charged with trying to abduct an Illinois teenager.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1864id6) 57-year-old Thomas Chmura (shah-MOO'-rah) was arrested last week. He was charged with attempted child abduction and disorderly conduct and ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail Saturday.

Police allege the 14-year-old was walking in the northern Illinois community of Antioch when a man in a station wagon asked if she needed a ride. The girl ran and he drove off.

The teen recounted the description of the man and car to police. Chmura was arrested Friday.

He's been living at St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis., for more than three decades.

It was immediately unclear if he has an attorney. Messages left at St. Benedict's weren't returned.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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