Fr. Octavio Munoz Capetillo: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Fr. Octavio Munoz Capetillo

Ordained: 2004

  • 2005-2008: St. Agnes, Chicago Heights, IL (CHI)
  • 2006-2008: St. Paul, Chicago Heights, IL (CHI)
  • 2009-2016: Other Assignments – Casa Jesus, 750 N. Wabash, 60611 (CHI)
  • 2010-2015: Casa Jesus, Seminary Formation House, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 2017-2019: Unknown

Fr. Octavio Munoz Capetillo is originally from Mexico and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2004. From 2009 to 2015, Fr. Munoz was the Director of Casa Jesus, a program that recruited young men from Latin America into the priesthood. An alumni of the program himself, Fr. Munoz became the Co-Director in July 2008 before being promoted to Director. On July 7, 2015, a Casa Jesus employee discovered a laptop with sexually explicit images of children in Fr. Munoz’s living quarters while he was allegedly pastor at St. Pancratius in Brighton Park, Illinois. Instead of notifying law enforcement, the Archdiocese of Chicago first hired a private investigator.

Pending a police investigation regarding the sexual images and materials on his computer, Fr. Munoz was removed from ministry on July 27, 2015. In September of 2016, the investigation led to Fr. Munoz being charged with one felony count of possession of child pornography. Authorities reported finding hundreds of videos that appeared to depict minors being sexually abused, emails containing stories of sexual abuse of children, and undergarments intended for children. A warrant was issued and Fr. Munoz was arrested on August 29, 2016. Fr. Munoz was extradited from Maryland, where he had been receiving treatment at St. Luke’s Institute, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. Fr. Munoz’s current whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he has access to children are unknown.