March 07, 2006

US archdiocese clears priests of sexual abuse allegations


03/08/2006 00:57 Source:

The Indianapolis archdiocese cleared a priest and a former priest of sexual molestation claims made by a former altar boy.

The Rev. Carlton J. Beever, 57, was reinstated Sunday and celebrated Masses at St. Philip Neri Parish in Indianapolis after 18 months on unpaid leave. A Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis official told his congregation that Beever was innocent of allegations, which the review board did not find credible.

Beever and Thomas J. Amsden, 64, a former priest who resigned from the ministry in 1995, have maintained their innocence since a man sued them in July 2004, claiming both had abused him while he was an altar boy at St. Mary Parish in Greensburg in the 1970s.

Posted by kshaw at March 7, 2006 04:26 PM