Diocese of Springfield-cape Girardeau Investigates Sex Abuse Allegation

Ozarks First
December 31, 2012

The Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau says it has received a credible complaint of sex abuse of a child involving a priest.

According to the diocese, the complaint involves Rev. Walter G. Craig and is alleged to have happened in the mid-1960s.

The church says Rev. Craig was appointed to the diocese in 1956 and the alleged abuse occurred in New Madrid County.

Rev. Craig was born in 1899 and ordained in 1923 for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He died in 1971.

The diocese has notified civil authorities of the allegation.

If you want to make an allegation, contact Rev. Thomas Reidy, (417) 866-0841, or diocesan victim assistance coordinators John K. Kreymer -- at (417) 597-3755 or -- or Judy St. John at (573) 587-3139 or








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