Police: No Crime in Altamonte Springs

By Gary Taylor
Orlando Sentinel [Altamonte Springs FL]
May 2, 2005

An investigation by Altamonte Springs police into allegations of sexual misconduct by a Catholic priest ended before it got started.

"There was no crime in Altamonte Springs," Police Lt. Chuck Stansel said after investigators questioned a man who showed up this morning at the police department lobby saying he was a victim.

The man's allegations are against Vernon Uhran, 65, who once served at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs, but the misconduct he is alleging occured in Lakeland, Stansel said.

Uhran served at St. Mary Magdalen and Bishop Moore High School from 1969 to 1973, Church of the Resurrection and Santa Fe High School in Lakeland from 1973 to 1976 and St. Theresa Catholic Church in Belleview from 1976 to 1981. A decade in the Dominican Republic followed before brief stints at Melbourne Central Catholic and the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Former Orlando Bishop Norbert Dorsey removed Uhran from the ministry in 1992 after an allegation of sexual abuse. The Orlando diocese on April 27 notified the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office of the allegations against Uhran.

Police released no information about the man, who was told he would have to report the crime to authorities in Polk County. He was not the same person whose complaint to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando prompted the diocese to alert parishioners in three area churches of the allegations on Sunday, Stansel said.

The diocese alerted parishioners Sunday that allegations of child sexual abuse were recently made against Uhran and another priest, Hubert Reason, who served at St. Mary Magdalen from 1959 to 1965, then part of the Diocese of St. Augustine, before moving to the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He left the diocese in 1978 and died at age 60.


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