May 26, 2005

Diocese clears pastor of sex-abuse charges

San Francisco Chronicle

Henry K. Lee

Thursday, May 26, 2005

The pastor of St. Joseph the Worker parish has been cleared of decades- old sexual-abuse allegations, an Oakland Diocese official said Wednesday.

In a letter to parishioners Sunday, Bishop Allen Vigneron wrote that officials "found that it is insufficient to support the allegation made against" the Rev. George Crespin, who is returning as pastor emeritus.

Crespin was put on leave and retired in February after being accused by "a young adult" of sexual abuse in the 1980s.

Posted by kshaw at May 26, 2005 03:51 PM