April 01, 2006

Priest accused of sex abuse assigned to John Day

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Associated Press
JOHN DAY, Ore. - A priest accused of molesting a teenage girl in Texas more than 20 years ago will take over the parish in this Eastern Oregon town next week, church officials said.

The Rev. Richard Edelin was accused of abuse by a 17-year-old parishioner who was then working in youth ministry at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in west Houston.

Edelin has denied the allegation and church officials in Houston said their investigation could not substantiate the abuse claim.

Parishioners at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in John Day will be advised of the situation this weekend, said Rev. James Logan, chancellor of the Baker Diocese, which covers 18 Eastern Oregon counties.

Edelin is listed on a church Web site as temporary administrator and director of religious education at St. Elizabeth. He had served previously in the Hermiston area.

Posted by kshaw at April 1, 2006 10:07 AM