Priest Sex-Abuse Victim Presses on

By Jon Ward
The Washington Times [Maryland]
January 22, 2006

COVINGTON - Diocese of Covington Bishop Roger Foys has placed a Bellevue priest on administrative leave while allegations of sexual misconduct against the priest are being investigated.

The Rev. Richard Frazier, 55, who was ordained a priest in 1996, has denied the allegations.

In a letter to the diocese, Foys wrote that the allegations came to light as part of the class settlement process pending in Boone Circuit Court.

"The abuse is reported to have occurred in the late-1970s and early 1980s. Father Frazier has denied that he had sexual contact with any minors either before or after his ordination as a priest and maintains his innocence," Foys wrote.

Foys wrote that placing the priest on administrative leave is in accordance with the U.S. Bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."

To see the complete text of Foys' letter, visit the diocese website at and click on the "news" link.


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