Marshall Priest Placed on Administrative Leave, Pending Resolution of Allegations
January 4, 2017
In a statement from the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City Tuesday, Jan. 3, Bishop John R. Gaydos announced a Marshall priest had been placed on a temporary administrative leave while an investigation of alleged misconduct was conducted.
Fr. Bob Duesdieker was placed on leave Wednesday, Dec. 28, while the diocese and law enforcement investigate a report of alleged inappropriate conduct with minors approximately 25 years ago, Gaydos states.
The alleged misconduct occurred while Duesdieker was serving at Immaculate Conception parish in Owensville. The bishop's statement was read during weekend Masses at St. Peter's Catholic Church.
According to the statement, Duesdieker denies any misconduct.
Gaydos states the Diocese first received information about the allegations from a second-hand source in early December, who provided limited information, and further information was received within the past week giving cause for further investigation.