Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Catholic Priest Accused Of Sexual Misconduct....25 Years After Death

According to an article in the Monett Times, Father Eugene Deragowski, has been accused of sexual abuse involving a minor. Father Deragowski served at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Pulaskifield, MO from 1965 to 1971. During his service there, there are no records of him being accused of any type of misconduct. He passed away in 1981 and in October of this year the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau received the accusation of sexual abuse.

The Diocese has met with the complainant and followed all proper procedures required to handle such a claim, including contacting the appropriate law enforcement agencies. I just thought this was an interesting case because of the timing involved.

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