Walkerton priest accused of sexual abuse of a minor

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By Melissa Hudson

WALKERTON, Ind. -- The pastor of Saint Patrick Parish has resigned and retired after an investigation by the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend found evidence he sexually abused a minor more than 40 years ago.

Father James Seculoff has been in the clergy for more than 50 years.

According to Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, once they received the allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, they launched a preliminary investigation.

That investigation revealed strong evidence the abuse did occur.

The Bishop was required to relieve Seculoff of his duties as pastor of the church. He voluntarily resigned and officially retired.

Bishop Rhoades assigned Father Jan Klimczyk to serve as administrator as of January 15.
 

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