Diocese: Allegation against Ex-pilot Grove Priest Deemed "Credible"

By Nate Birt
Boonville Daily News
May 28, 2010

Boonville A former Pilot Grove priest will stay on administrative leave after a review board concluded that an allegation against him "did constitute sexual abuse of a minor according to the definition in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," according to a news release issued tonight by the Diocese of Jefferson City.

The review board has concluded that the allegation made against Thomas Seifner is credible, according to the release, a copy of which diocesan spokesman Mark Saucier provided to the Boonville Daily News after a meeting at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Loose Creek, located southeast of Jefferson City.

Parishioners from the Loose Creek parish and the Bonnots Mill parish, where Seifner had been working until December 2009, were invited to tonight's meeting, said Ron Vessell, administrator of the review board.

Saucier did not allow a BDN reporter to be present inside the church during the meeting, saying that it was a "private parish meeting" that had been closed to allow people to say what they needed to say.

The allegation is that Seifner had inappropriate electronic communication with a minor while he served at St. Joseph Parish in Pilot Grove, according to the release.


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