Accused Chaplain 'Superb'
No Evidence to Back Sex Abuse Allegation, the Air Force Finds

By Deb Frazier
Rocky Mountain News
December 13, 2002

A Catholic priest stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne and once accused of sexual misconduct has had a fine service career, officials said Thursday.

The Rev. Redmond Raux, stationed at the Wyoming base since 2001, was named in a suit against another Catholic priest in the molestation of a child in Boston in 1994. No charges were filed.

On Wednesday, Donna Morrissey of the Archdiocese of Boston said the allegation against Raux was investigated and found to be unsubstantiated.

The Archdiocese of Boston is headed by Cardinal Bernard Law, who has been accused of allowing priests who were sexually abusing children to remain in parishes. The suit, filed by the boy's parents, was settled by the church for $200,000 in 1995.

Raux, a lieutenant colonel, has always denied the allegations of sexual impropriety. The Air Force reviewed the case Thursday and found no evidence to remove Raux.

"Chaplain Raux has had a stellar Air Force career," said Maj. Gen. Lorraine Potter, Air Force chief of the Chaplain Service. "We find absolutely no reason to remove Chaplain Raux from serving. He is a superb chaplain, officer and leader."

Raux was a reservist for several years and shifted to active duty in 1992 - before the allegations were made, said Michael Kucharek, deputy chief of media for the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.


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