On May 3, an allegation was made that an Owensboro pastor had engaged in inappropriate conduct with a minor.
The Diocese of Owensboro says they immediately reported the allegation against Father Gerald Baker to the Kentucky child abuse hotline.
The diocese says a 13 member review board suspended Father Baker from public ministry until the matter is resolved.
According to the diocese, Father Baker and the diocese are cooperating with investigation by law enforcement.
Bishop Medley states, “Any allegation of the abuse of a minor is unsettling. The Diocese of Owensboro has offered support to the alleged victim in this case and to his family. In a sad moment such as this, it is always incumbent upon us to address any who may have ever suffered abuse within the embrace of the Catholic Church and invite them to come to us that we might offer support and assure that no one else is ever harmed.”
The Diocese of Owensboro says the abuse of a minor can be reported by calling the Pastoral Assistance Coordinator at 270-852-8380.