Priest Charged with Sexual Abuse

June 8, 2012

A former priest at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Whitesville and other Daviess County churches has been arrested in Owensboro on charges of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.

The Messenger-Inquirer reported that a Daviess County grand jury on Tuesday charged the Rev. Louis Francis Piskula, 72, charges of first-degree sodomy, victim under 12, and first-degree sexual abuse. Police arrested Piskula on Friday.

Diocese of Owensboro Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Kauffeld said in a statement that diocese officials received a report from a man that he had been sexually abused by Piskula in incidents dating to 1978.

Piskula was lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center. Jail records did not list an attorney for Piskula, who retired in 2002 and lives in a retired priest complex.

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