May 03, 2005

Churches Told of Sex Abuse Inquiry

The Ledger

The Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO -- Two priests who worked in the Orlando area, including one who worked at a parish in Lakeland more than 30 years ago have been accused of sexually abusing children.

The Diocese of Orlando alerted parishioners of affected parishes of the allegations Sunday. Diocese spokeswoman Carol Brinati said the claims were made last month.

One of the priests involved in the claim died in 1984; the other, was removed from the ministry in 1992 after other sexual abuse allegations were made against him. Both served at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs in the 1960s and 1970s, though not at the same time.

(A press release from the Diocese of Orlando acknowledged that recent allegations surfaced against Vernon Uhran, a priest who was removed from the ministry in 1992. Uhran also served at Resurrection Catholic Church and Santa Fe Catholic High School in Lakeland from 1973 to 1976.)

Posted by kshaw at May 3, 2005 05:24 AM