Bishop Accountability
  Former Sioux City priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

Sioux City Journal
August 29, 2004

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport on Saturday released the name of a priest after earlier finding credible evidence that he sexually abused a minor in Johnson County in 1998.

The priest in question is Father Paul Deyo, according to a statement released by Deacon David Montgomery, a spokesman for the diocese. His name is being announced this weekend at parishes where he worked, Montgomery said.

Deyo, who was ordained in 1976, served most recently at Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City, from 2000 to 2003. Before that he worked at several parishes in the Iowa City area while simultaneously serving at Iowa City's Regina High School from 1991 to 2000.

He had also spent 1984 to 1991 at Assumption High School in Davenport, was in Rome from 1978 to 1984, and was an associate pastor at St. Mary in Clinton from 1976 to 1978.

Deyo has been restricted from active duty since last year, Montgomery said, and is currently caring for his father in Keokuk. A telephone number listed for Paul Deyo in Keokuk was disconnected Saturday.

The diocese's Review Board ordered the investigation after learning of the allegation in July of 2003. The incident was first reported to an assistant in the Johnson County Attorney's office, though the man who alleged the abuse said he did not want criminal charges filed.

The statute of limitations has not yet expired on the alleged incident, and Johnson County Attorney J. Patrick White said last week that his office is continuing an informal information-gathering process regarding the alleged incident.


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