Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Kansas City review board makes a decision

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas will allow a priest who admitted a long-ago sexual relationship with another man to return to duty, but in another parish. Archbishop James P. Keleher announced his decision Tuesday, after an archdiocesan review board cleared the Rev. William Haegelin (pictured, left) of allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor. His accuser was the other man, who is now in his 30s and living in another state. The review board found that the relationship, which took place sometime in the 1980s, began after Haegelin's accuser turned 18. Haegelin, 52, had been pastor of St. Ann Church in the Kansas City suburb of Prairie Village. He was placed on paid leave Sept. 10, four after the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas received a letter accusing him of inappropriate sexual relations. "Father Haegelin did confirm to the Archbishop that many years ago he violated his promise of priestly celibacy when the accuser was an adult," the diocese said in its statement announcing the board's finding.

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