Priest suspended after teacher questions his behavior with child

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

April 1, 2013

A Catholic priest has been temporarily suspended from ministry at two parishes and elementary schools, pending a Wauwatosa police investigation into allegations involving inappropriate contact with a student, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and his religious order confirmed Monday.

Father Robert Marsicek was relieved of his duties at Pius X parish in Wauwatosa, Wauwatosa Catholic School and at Mother of Good Counsel parish and school in Milwaukee last week, standard procedure for both the archdiocese and his Milwaukee-based religious order, the Society of the Divine Savior, or Salvatorians.

Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski said police were called after a teacher observed behavior she believed to be “questionable or inappropriate.” Teachers are required by law to report any suspicions.

Marsicek has not been charged with a crime, and Wauwatosa police have not returned repeated telephone calls for information.

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