February 27, 2006

Joplin Catholic priest removed over sex allegation

JOPLIN (MO)
News-Leader

Associated Press

Joplin A Roman Catholic priest in Joplin has been relieved of all duties after the church said he violated the diocese's standards of conduct for alleged sexual misconduct with a minor.

Bishop John Leibrecht of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese told parishioners at St. Peter the Apostle Church that Monsignor Stephen Schneider had been relieved of all duties as pastor at the Joplin church.

No charges have been filed. The bishop, who appeared at weekend services at the church, said a law enforcement investigation had concluded the allegation, which was not detailed, did not warrant criminal prosecution.

But Leibrecht said church policy was violated.

Posted by kshaw at February 27, 2006 03:45 PM