Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dubuque Archdiocese investigates 1980s priest sex abuse complaint

The Archdiocese of Dubuque is investigating a sexual abuse claim against a former Iowa pastor 30 years after the alleged abuse occurred.

The claim, made last year against Leo P. Riley, a former Dubuque pastor, alleges he sexually abused a minor in 1985. Efforts to reach Riley for comment were unsuccessful.

Director of communications John Robbins said the accuser’s attorney brought the allegation to the Dubuque County Attorney’s Office. He said a criminal investigation isn’t expected because of the statute of limitations.

The former pastor, now working at a Florida parish, has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

In a letter published in bulletins of parishes where Riley served, Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels asked anyone who knew of any alleged abuse by Riley to contact Carol Gebhart at (563) 556-2580 by March 30, if possible.
continue at WCFCourier

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