Catholic Diocese Confirms Priest Sex Abuse
Father Lepine Served at St. Joseph's until 1986

WLUC [Michigan]
August 22, 2005

The Catholic Diocese of Marquette has validated charges of sex abuse against an Ishpeming priest who died five years ago.

The complaints against Father Clement Lepine date back more than 30 years. The abuse was committed against two females, whose names were not released.

The charges have been under investigation for months.

Father Lepine served as pastor at St. Josephs from 1957 to 1986.

At the request of the victims, the priest's name and picture have been removed from the church's main hallway. "If there are any other victim survivors of sexual abuse by a church officials out there, we want them to come forward also," says Loreene Zeno Koskey of the Diocese.

Since 2002, the Diocese has been been performing background checks on all their employees to prevent any future sexual abuse.


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