Sunday, July 18, 2010

No action taken against accused priest

.Report: No action taken against accused priest
.Originally published July 17, 2010 at 5:13 p.m., updated July 17, 2010 at 6:17 p.m.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A western Wisconsin diocese placed no restrictions on a priest after learning he had reportedly followed young boys into a water park bathroom last summer.

The Rev. Patrick Umberger, the Diocese of La Crosse's Web master, is accused of having child pornography after a state Department of Justice investigation that traces back to the water park incident.

Diocesan attorney Jim Birnbaum told the La Crosse Tribune that the Noah's Ark Water Park report was an "unsubstantiated allegation".

Park officials revoked Umberger's season pass and placed him on a watch list after Umberger was allegedly seen following boys into a bathroom.

According to the DOJ report, Umberger denied intentionally following the boys and said he has prostate problems causing him to urinate often.

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