November 16, 2005

Priest investigation dropped

Cincinnati Enquirer

A criminal investigation has been dropped against a priest who was accused in August of sexual misconduct with a minor. No evidence of wrongdoing was found against the Rev. Pete Richardson, who now lives at Glenmary Home Missioners' headquarters in Fairfield, Glenmary announced Monday. The allegations - which Richardson denied - were investigated by prosecutors in Morgan County, Ky., where the accuser said the abuse occurred. Richardson was director of Glenmary's department of pastoral services, in Nashville, Tenn., when the allegations surfaced. He was then moved to the headquarters. His status will not change until a decision by the Glenmary Review Board, which awaits a report from Praesidium, a Texas risk management firm Glenmary hired to investigate. He was pastor at parishes in West Liberty, Ky., and Owingsville, Ky., from 1994 to January 2004. Glenmary, founded in 1939, works to spread Catholicism in small towns and in rural America.

Posted by kshaw at November 16, 2005 12:09 AM