January 12, 2006

Bellevue/Dayton priest accused of sex abuse

Community Recorder

BELLEVUE -- The Covington Diocese is investigating another allegation of sexual abuse.

Bishop Roger Foys spoke at services Saturday and Sunday at Divine Mercy Parish in Bellevue and St. Bernard Church in Dayton to say the pastor at both locations, the Rev. Richard Frazier, has been put on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Tim Fitzgerald, spokesman for the Covington Diocese, said he attended one of the Masses on Saturday, Jan. 7.

"The bishop told the congregation that allegations have come forward implicating Father Frazier in ... sexual abuse of children," Fitzgerald said.

He said at the Mass he attended he did not see nor hear a reaction from the congregation. He said he did hear parishioners express their support for Bishop Foys following the service.

Fitzgerald said he didn't know if there were one or multiple accusers in this case. He said he didn't know when the abuse allegedly occurred.

"It was when Father Frazier was a seminarian, so prior to his ordination in (1996), when he became a priest, so sometime prior to 1996," Fitzgerald said.

Posted by kshaw at January 12, 2006 07:00 AM