Diocese: Priest suspended after abuse allegations

June 26, 2019 GMT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Fargo Roman Catholic Diocese says it suspended a priest after a woman alleged she was sexually abused as a teenager in the 1970s.

The diocese confirmed the suspension to KFGO radio this week after the woman recently told the station she was inappropriately touched by the Rev. Jack Herron at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo. The woman says she reported it to the diocese in spring 2018.

The statement says Herron was retired and serving as a hospital chaplain outside the diocese when the allegations were reported. Herron is not being allowed to carry out his work as a priest pending the outcome of investigations.


Diocese spokesman Paul Braun declined to comment beyond the statement. Herron did not return a phone message to KFGO.


Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com