Priest Pulled from Duties

By Nick Reisman
Glens Falls Post Star

August 16, 2008

A priest who served at parishes in Queensbury and Glens Falls has been removed from the ministry after church officials found reasonable grounds to believe he sexually abused a minor, the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese announced on Friday.

The allegations against the Rev. Gary Mercure date back to the 1980s when he was serving as a pastor at St. Teresa of Avila parish in Albany. Mercure, 60, was placed on a paid leave of absence in January when the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese received the complaint.

After the complaint was made public, other allegations against Mercure were received, according to the diocese. The diocese said all the reports were turned over to law enforcement officials and some are still being investigated.



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