|Iowa Man Accuses Omaha Priest of Sexually Abusing Him the 1990s
December 16, 2011
The Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha says an Iowa man claims he was molested by a priest.
KETV-TV in Omaha (http://bit.ly/t7j2Km ) reports the archdiocese on Friday announced a Carter Lake, Iowa, man has accused the Rev. Al Salanitro of sexually abusing him in between 1991 and 1994.
McNeil says Salanitro, pastor of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bellevue, has taken a voluntary leave of absence while the allegations are investigated.
Deacon Tim McNeil, chancellor of the archdiocese, says the 52-year-old Salanitro denies the allegations. McNeil says Salanitro, pastor of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bellevue, has taken a voluntary leave of absence while the allegations are investigated.
McNeil says the allegations have been reported to law enforcement and the Archdiocesan Review Board. A letter was mailed Thursday to parishioners and school parents.
Salanitro was ordained in 1989. He has served as pastor in parishes in Blair, Laurel and Omaha.
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