Local priest removed from public ministry for sexual misconduct

CI News Now
August 26, 2015

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PEORIA, Ill. -- A local Catholic priest accused of sexual misconduct with a minor has been removed from public ministry.

63-year-old Terry Cassidy has served at churches in Peoria and elsewhere in the region since 1984.

He was pastor at Saint Ann Church in Peoria since 1999.

The allegations date back nearly 30-years.

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria says Cassidy can no longer wear clerical clothing or the collar, and he may not use the title Father or Reverend.

The Diocese says it will not release any more information, in deference to individuals involved in the case.


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