May 04, 2005

USC priest accused of molestation

Pasadena Star-News

By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- A Roman Catholic chaplain at the University of Southern California was temporarily suspended because a male student complained about inappropriate physical contact with the pastor.

The Rev. William Messenger, 55, was placed on administrative leave Friday from Our Savior Catholic Center while USC and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles investigate the claims, archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg said. Messenger has served at USC since 1993.

Tamberg declined to describe the nature of the allegation, but the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that a male student brought the complaint.

A message left for Messenger Tuesday at Our Savior was not immediately returned.

Posted by kshaw at May 4, 2005 08:14 AM