Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct

November 1, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Sacramento priest has been removed from ministry following allegations of sexual misconduct, according to the Diocese of Sacramento.

The Diocese of Sacramento said it is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against Father William "Bill" Feeser.

Spokesman Kevin Eckery said an adult woman, now living in Southern California, said the incident occurred while she attended Our Lady of the Assumption School in Carmichael about 35 years ago. Eckery said Feeser taught there at the time and was an Assistant Pastor at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church.

"We thought it was important to ask if anybody had information," Eckery said.

Eckery couldn't give any specific details about the length or degree of the sexual misconduct.

Eckery said they removed Feeser, who had already retired, from the ministry immediately after receiving the report October 4.

However, Eckery said they also waited more than three weeks to notify all of the parishes in the area, including all of the schools where Feeser taught. Eckery said Feeser taught at both Jesuit and St. Francis High Schools.

A spokesman for the Sacramento Sheriff's Department said the department still hasn't been notified.

"Our policy is usually to take some time to establish is it a credible allegation," Eckery said.

Victim's advocate Beth Hassett said the diocese should have been more transparent.

"We are just past the point where you can cover this kind of thing up. I think they owe victims and possible victims the opportunity to know what's going on," Hassett said.

The sheriff department said the statute of limitations for the alleged crime has likely passed.

Either way, the diocese said they have a moral obligation to find out what did or didn't happen.

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