Release of abusive priest raises concerns

4 years 5 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, February 24 2015 Feb 24, 2015 Tuesday, February 24, 2015 9:43:27 AM CST February 24, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former priest who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a child is free after 12 years in prison, and advocates for victims of clergy abuse said they are worried about what could happen next. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 49-year-old Gary Wolken was released Monday from the state prison in Cameron, Missouri.

Victims' advocates said the Archdiocese of St. Louis has a responsibility to protect the public.

The archdiocese said in a statement Wolken is no longer a priest and will be subject to all sex offender regulations. It also encourages anyone wishing to report misconduct with a minor to contact clergy, church or archdiocese personnel, or police.

 

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