May 17, 2006

80-year-old Catholic priest in Gates charged with sex abuse


5/17/2006 6:00 PM

Reverend John J. Steger, pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Church on Lyell Road in Gates, is accused of sexually abusing a 12-year old girl inside the church rectory on two separate dates.

Steger is charged with two counts of sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Her turned himself into police Wednesday afternoon.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester has placed Steger on administrative leave. Steger will not be allowed to engage in any public ministry.

Posted by kshaw at May 17, 2006 05:25 PM