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(Neb)-Another Priest Suspended Over Long Ago Molestation Accusations

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/12/2019 10:19 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Another Catholic priest in eastern Nebraska has been suspended from his duties because of allegations of sexual misconduct.

     Father Thomas Dunavan has officially been placed on administrative leave by Bishop James Conley from his duties as chief administrative officer of Falls City Sacred Heart Catholic School and pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Falls City.

     Bishop Conley took the action after consulting with a 4-member independent lay task force currently reviewing past allegations of sexual misconduct in the Lincoln diocese.

     The bishop concluded the allegations warrant further investigation with the diocese retaining an independent private investigator.

   Conley emphasizes that the allegations date back about 20 years and do not involve any recent conduct or allegations, adding that all information related to the allegations has been provided to law enforcement in connection with the Nebraska Attorney General's statewide investigation.

    In keeping with current diocese policy and practice, Father Dunavan will remain on administrative leave pending the results of the full investigation by the diocese. The diocese will provide more information after the investigation has been completed.

       Father Kenneth Hoesing has been appointed interim administrator of Saints Peter and Paul Parish with Douglas Goltz the interim chief administrative officer at Falls City Sacred Heart Catholic School.


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