Priest accused of sexual misconduct on leave
DENVER (AP) – Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP’-yoo) has placed a Roman Catholic priest on administrative leave following an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Chaput said this weekend that he received “a credible allegation” May 7 accusing 75-year-old Dorino De Lazzer of misconduct in the early 1970s, before De Lazzer served in Colorado.
The archdiocese did not provide a statement from De Lazzer, and a current phone number for him wasn’t listed.
De Lazzer has served in the archdiocese since 1973, with assignments in Aurora, Denver, Arvada, Greeley, Craig and Boulder. He retired as pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Boulder in 2005.
In April, Chaput relieved Mel Thompson of priestly duties after a former parishioner accused the 74-year-old of sexual abuse more than 30 years ago. Chaput said then that Thompson maintained his innocence.
The archdiocese reported the allegations to police.
Denver police have said they won’t investigate because the statute of limitations in the 1970s required victims to report an alleged act within three years.
The archdiocese also has removed Father Paul Montez from priestly duty after a family accused him of “grooming” their teenage son for sexual assault. Montez’s attorney, Robert McGee, has declined to comment on the allegations.
Both Thompson and Montez were served at the same parish, St. Thomas More in Centennial.
Details of the allegations and accusers haven’t been released.
Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com
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