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Priest placed on leave after misconduct allegation

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 5, 2017 4:21 PM
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(Altoona) -- A priest in a Pennsylvania diocese has been placed on leave from public ministry following an allegation of misconduct involving a minor dating back to the mid-1980s.

Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese said he had notified law enforcement about the accusation against the Rev. Anthony Petracca, who hasn't been charged with any crime.

He said that Petracca won't be permitted to function as a priest while on leave and will live at a place where he won't have contact with children. A spokesman said the diocese didn't have contact information for Petracca.

Sixty-one-year-old Petracca is a Darby native and has served as parochial vicar at numerous parishes.

A year ago, a state grand jury report alleged abuse by more than 50 priests and other clergy going back decades.

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