Priest in Meta Ousted on Abuse Allegations

Columbia Daily Tribune
December 13, 2006

Jefferson CITY (AP) - A priest who was serving in Meta has been relieved of his duties for allegations of sexual misconduct, the Jefferson City Diocese announced.

The Rev. John Schutty, who was serving at St. Cecilia Church in Meta, was removed from his ministry, effective immediately, after a diocesan review board found credible evidence of the accusations.

Schutty, 74, who served the Meta church since 1988, was placed on administrative leave on March 29 after a complaint of sexual misconduct involving a minor more than 20 years ago.

The diocese said during the weekend that an internal investigation by members of the diocesan review board found the accusation credible.

When Schutty was placed on administrative leave, church members were told the accusation did not stem from the Meta church, but no further information was released.


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