May 09, 2006

Priest Suspended Amid Sex Allegations


SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A long-time priest in Sacramento's Catholic Diocese has been suspended amid allegations that he sexually assaulted a boy in the 1980s.

Parishioners at St. Philomine's were stunned Sunday to hear an announcement from Bishop William Wiegand that their parish priest, Rev. Rodolfo Delgado, has been suspended and is under investigation.

Delgado was ordained in the Sacramento diocese 24 years ago.

St. Philomene's has an elementary school with 250 students and offers masses in English, Croatian and Spanish.

The accuser is a 38-year-old man now living in Oregon. He alleges the incidents were ongoing from 1983 to 1985, and took place at St. Joseph Parish in Rio Vista, at the main cathedral in Sacramento, and at a private home in Sacramento's Natomas neighborhood.

Posted by kshaw at May 9, 2006 05:21 AM