February 23, 2005

Study: Abuse accusations leveled against 7 area priests

Dayton Daily News

By Tom Beyerlein
Dayton Daily News

As part of a national study released Friday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati reported that in 2004, accusations of sexual abuse of a minor were leveled against seven area priests who had not previously been accused.

The archdiocese won't publicly name the priests, said spokesman Dan Andriacco.

Four of the seven are dead, one has been cleared by law enforcement and the other two are under investigation by the archdiocese, he said.

Both of those priests have been reported to area prosecutors and one is under investigation by civil authorities, Andriacco said.

"We don't think on the surface that there's a semblance of truth there (in the allegations against these two priests), but there's an investigation nonetheless," he said. The allegations, he said, "don't meet the very low bar" set by the archdiocese to be considered credible.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2005 07:40 AM