Suspended Priest Relieved From FD Duties

WCPO [Cincinnati OH]
March 10, 2005

The Cincinnati Fire Department has relieved its chaplain of his duties after revelations Wednesday that he had been accused of sex abuse.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati placed the Reverend Michael Paraniuk on administrative leave while it investigates the allegation.

Paraniuk spoke to 9News Wednesday and insisted he's innocent.

The Archiocese investigated the accusation in 1983 and found it to be unsubstantiated, but a panel distributing settlement funds to victims heard the complaint and said it doesn't determine guilt, but gives the accuser the benefit of the doubt.

The fire department does not yet have a replacement chaplain.


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