1960s Priest Abuse Allegation Surfaces
July 5, 2013
GREEN BAY - A man who voluntarily left the priesthood more than 40 years ago has been accused of sexually abusing a child in the 1960s while he was a priest, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay says.
Diocesan officials say they received the allegation against Jerome Koerner in May 2012. Koerner left the priesthood in 1972 and has not performed any priestly duties since, the diocese says.
Koerner denied the allegations to diocesan officials.
The diocese says it dispensed Koerner from the clerical state and notified civil authorities.
The diocese did not say where the alleged abuse happened or where Koerner served as a priest.