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Diocese removes former Green Bay priest

Child abuse allegations from 50 years ago spark action

8:46 PM, Jul. 5, 2013
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A man who voluntarily left the priesthood in 1972 has been removed from the clergy over an allegation that he sexually abused a boy in the 1960s, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay announced Friday.

Jerome Koerner of De Pere was ordained a priest in 1960 and served until Dec. 1, 1972, when he decided to leave the ministry, the diocese said. Koerner served in Kaukauna and Ashwaubenon.

In May 2012, the diocese received an allegation that he had sexually abused a boy while serving as a priest. Upon receiving the allegation, the diocese began the process of removing him from the priesthood. Koerner ...

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