Retired Priest Denies Decades-Old Sex Abuse Allegation

August 14, 2011

ALBANY - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has taken action against a retired priest accused of sexually abusing a child more than two decades ago.

Father Carl Urban retired from active ministry this past January. He had been the long time pastor of St. Adalbert in Schenectady, and according to a statement issued Saturday by the Diocese, Father Urban strongly denies the allegations against him.

Those allegations are that he molested a child more than 20 years ago. The Albany Times Union identifies the alleged victim as Michael DeSantis, who now lives in Saratoga County.

DeSantis accuses Father Urban of being one of five priests attached to the Albany Diocese who molested him when he was a child growing up in Colonie.

The Diocese has now placed Father Urban on administrative leave, which means he's prohibited from acting as a priest, celebrating mass or other sacraments publicly or wear clerical garb.

Last fall DeSantis filed a complaint against four other priests and was just recently able to recollect Father Urban's name.

Under New York State law, DeSantis can not sue the Diocese because the alleged abuse is beyond the statute of limitations.

In the statement from the Diocese, they urge anyone who,as a child, was sexually abused by a Catholic priest or deacon to report the matter to law enforcement or the Diocese.

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