Retired Priest Accused of Abusing a Minor Put on Leave

Beacon Journal
May 1, 2008

The Cincinnati Archdiocese has put a retired priest accused of sexually abusing a minor about 50 years ago on administrative leave.

Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk (puh-LAHR'-chuk) placed 84-year-old Robert Stricker on leave Wednesday. The action does not represent a presumption of guilt. The archdiocese says it's the response under church law to an accusation considered to have "the semblance of truth."

Stricker could not be reached for comment. There was no Cincinnati telephone listing for him.

A man reported in 1993 that Stricker abused him in the 1950s in Cincinnati. Stricker denied the allegation and the archdiocese concluded that the accusation was unsubstantiated. The same man provided new information that resulted in the priest being put on leave.


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