Priest Removed from Assignment after Allegations of Abuse

NBC 10

August 5, 2008

PHILADELPHIA -- A priest faces allegations that he sexually abused boys 20 years ago.

The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Monday of the allegations against the Rev. Dennis Killion.

Killion was teaching at at Salesianum School in Delaware when the alleged abuse occurred, according to a statement released by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

It was just announced on Sunday that Killion would be assigned to Saint Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, Bucks County, the diocese said.

He was scheduled to begin serving and residing at the parish on Aug. 18, 2008.

After learning of the allegations, Cardinal Justin Rigali withdrew his approval for Killionís assignment.

Killion has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Killion had previously served in the archdiocese as assistant principal of Archbishop Wood Boys High School in Warminster from 1986 to 1990 and as a faculty member at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia from 1991 to 2006.

The Archdiocese said it has never received any allegations against Father Killion.


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