2 New Sex Abuse Allegations Made against Deceased Priest

By Darren Barbee
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
September 15, 2008

Two new allegations of sexual abuse of boys have been made against a deceased Decatur priest, Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese officials said Monday.

The two new "credible accusations" occurred on separate occasions while the Rev. Francis A. Zimmerer was administrator of the parish of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church.

Zimmerer, who served there from January 1975 until May 1981, has now been accused by three men who were boys at the time of the alleged abuse.

The diocese was initially notified on Aug. 25 about accusations against the priest by a 45-year-old man's spouse. That man was 11 when Zimmerer abused him, he said.


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