Catholic Diocese of Owensboro confirms allegations of priest abuse

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The Diocese of Owensboro confirms two people have alleged sexual abuse by priests that are now deceased.

Diocese officials said the two alleged victims came forward with their claims in August, shortly after the diocese released a statement pertaining to separate church allegations in Pennsylvania.

The diocese said one of the victims claims the abuse happened some time between 1944-1947.

The other said they were abused in 1962.

Officials would not name the priests accused or where the alleged abuse took place.

The Daviess Commonwealth Attorney’s Office told us there is no investigation as the office does not prosecute deceased people.

As part of the statement in August, the Diocese of Owensboro offered to help any victims who come forward.

On September 9, the Diocese of Evansville says there are reports of sexual misconduct by Father Dave Fleck, a priest within the Diocese.

The Diocese says the misconduct happened decades ago and Fleck denies it.

The Diocese has made a report to civil authorities, notified the Diocesan Review Board and placed Fleck on administration leave.

On August 14, a grand jury report publicly accused more than 300 priests from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania with sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims.

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(This story was originally published on September 11, 2018)

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