Indiana Priest Suspended Over "Decades Old" Abuse Accusation

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Indiana Priest Suspended Over "Decades Old" Abuse Accusation

The Diocese of Evansville has also called the authorities.

VINCENNES, Ind.--A Catholic priest who serves as a religion teacher at a Vincennes high school, has been suspended by the Diocese of Evansville over a sexual abuse accusation from "decades ago". Father Dave Fleck is suspended from all ministerial duties while he's under investigation.

"Father Dave Fleck, a priest of the Diocese of Evansville, has been placed on administrative leave after a report of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred decades ago was received by the diocese. The diocese has made a report to civil authorities and notified the Diocesan Review Board of the allegation," said a statement from the Diocese.

Fleck has denied the accusation. Several other priests in Indiana have alkso been accused of decades-old sex crimes.

"Father Fleck has served in the following parishes and schools: Rivet High School, Vincennes; Sacred Heart, Vincennes; Sts. Peter and Paul, Petersburg; St. Peter, Montgomery, with missions at St. Michael the Archangel and St. Patrick; Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City; St. Philip, Posey County; St. John the Baptist, Vincennes; St. Vincent de Paul, Vincennes; St. Thomas, Vincennes; St. Philip Neri, Bicknell; St. Thomas the Apostle, Vincennes; and St. Francis Xavier, Vincennes; St. Thomas the Apostle, Vincennes. He also resided at St. James, Haubstadt," read the statement.

"If you are a victim of sexual misconduct by a person ministering on behalf of the Church, or if you know of anyone who has been a victim of such misconduct, please contact civil authorities and the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 812-490-9565 or toll-free at 866-200-3004."

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