Saturday, January 29, 2011

Accused priest re-hired
Former Sandusky priest, accused of sex crimes, protested in Detroit
Shawn Foucher..05:40 PM
Jan 28
The ghosts of yesteryear sometimes return, if only to haunt other places.

A former Sandusky priest who the Catholic church stripped of priestly duties in the 1990s is now working at a Detroit church — and advocates of sexual-abuse victims are protesting.

In 2005, the Toledo diocese said allegations that Herbert Richey sexually abused young boys were “found not only to be credible but substantiated.”

The priest also worked in Sandusky and Vermilion parishes, likely during the 1980s, authorities said.

Erie County Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Sigsworth said sheriff’s deputies received sexual-abuse complaints against Richey years ago and forwarded the information to Sandusky police.

Sandusky Detective John Orzech said a psychiatrist called in 2002 and reported that a patient claimed Richey sexually molested him when he was young.

But no victim ever came froward, Orzech said.

On Thursday, Detroit diocese spokesman Ned McGrath said in a press release that Richey served recently as an organist at one parish, and possibly served at others during the past decade.

He was removed from his current job this week, Catholic officials said, but protesters want answers as to why he was hired again in the first place.

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