W.Va. diocese releases names of priests accused of sexual misconduct with minors

The Herald-Dispatch

November 30, 2018

By Megan Osborne

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has released the names of 31 clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors from the 1950s to the present, including five who at some point in their careers served at churches in Huntington.

None of the incidents appear to have occurred in Huntington parishes.

Among those included in the list from the diocese:

The Rev. Franklyn W. Becker acted as the Marshall University Catholic Community Chaplain and served at St. Joseph Catholic Church from January 1975 to August 1976. Multiple incidents referencing Becker were reported to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee between 1970 and 2002, but none were reported to the DWC. He departed the DWC in 1976 and was dismissed from the clerical state in November 2004.

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