Priest Placed on Leave Following Abuse Complaint

Seattle Times
March 14, 2011

A Catholic priest has been placed on administrative leave following an allegation that he abused a minor in a Lacey parish in the 1980s.

The Rev. Edward Receconi, a member of the Benedictine order, is alleged to have abused the minor while he served at Sacred Heart Parish, according to the Seattle Archdiocese, which said it was informed of the allegation by an attorney.

Seattle Archdiocese spokesman Greg Magnoni said Receconi's superior at St. Martin's Abbey has placed Receconi on administrative leave, pending investigation.

Receconi most recently filled in as needed on weekends at parishes in the archdiocese. Magnoni did not immediately know where he most recently served.

Neither the superior at the abbey nor Receconi could immediately be reached for comment.

In addition to Sacred Heart, where he served from 1984 to 1986, Receconi served at St. Edward Parish in Shelton from 1987 to 1993 and Holy Rosary Parish in Tacoma from 1995 to 1996.

The archdiocese is asking anyone with knowledge of sexual abuse or misconduct to call 1-800-446-7762.


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