Group Wants Investigation of Former Vegas Priest

San Antonio Express-News
June 21, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) An advocacy group wants Catholic Church officials in Nevada to seek possible victims of a former Las Vegas priest facing sexual abuse accusations in Hawaii.

The Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests cites allegations by a 48-year-old Hawaii man against the Rev. Maurice McNeely.

The Hawaii man filed a lawsuit in October alleging sexual abuse when he was a boy.

SNAP official Barbara Blaine tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal ( ) that McNeely preached in the 2000s at the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer in Las Vegas.

The Diocese of Las Vegas released a statement Wednesday saying that McNeely was briefly a substitute priest in Las Vegas, but wasn't assigned to a parish.

The diocese says it wasn't aware of the Hawaii allegation at the time.


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