March 16, 2006

Retired priest on leave after sex accusation

Dayton Daily News

By the Dayton Daily News

CINCINNATI | A retired priest and former pastor in Urbana is on administrative leave stemming from a report that he inappropriately touched and engaged in other inappropriate sexual behavior with a minor in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said Wednesday.

The leave for Donald E. Shelander, 69, announced by Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, "does not represent a presumption of guilt on the part of the archdiocese.

"In accordance with church law, it is a response to an allegation deemed to have the 'semblance of truth' while further steps are taken," a statement issued by archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco's office said.

The leave the strongest step a diocesan bishop can take on his own prohibits Shelander from celebrating sacraments or presenting himself as a priest.

The archdiocese said a man reported that Shelander engaged "in a series of inappropriate activities with him while the complainant was 14 to 18 and Shelander was pastor of St. Mary Parish in Urbana."

Posted by kshaw at March 16, 2006 07:25 AM