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2nd Priest Resigns After Abuse Allegation

April 28, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A Roman Catholic priest resigned after an accusation surfaced that he fondled a youth 30 years ago, the second such resignation in the St. Petersburg diocese in two weeks.

The Rev. Richard Allen, pastor at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Largo, left his ministry Friday after William Welch, 42, told police that Allen molested him in the 1970s.

At that time, Allen was serving at Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Petersburg.

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