Sacred Heart Association Priest Accused of "Overzealously Spanking" Boy in Santa Rosa

By Sunita Vijayan
The Californian
January 25, 2010

A priest on loan to the Diocese of Monterey has returned to his home base in Ohio after allegations surfaced last week that he “overzealously spanked” a boy more than 35 years ago.

The Rev. Ron Wiecek, who belongs to the Holy Order of Most Precious Blood, has been on loan to the Diocese of Monterey for the past 20 years, said spokesman Warren Hoy.

Hoy said Wiecek is accused of spanking the boy, now in his 40s, in 1974 while he was a teacher for the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

Wiecek will remain at his home church in Ohio, he said, while the allegations are investigated.

"We, the bishop, have revoked Father Ron's faculties," Hoy said. "(Wiecek) is not allowed to serve as a priest in the diocese while the allegation is being investigated."

According to the diocese, Wiecek has worked as a teacher at Palma and Notre Dame high schools.



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