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Additional molestation accusations made against former Walkerton priest


Two weeks after he resigned amid sexual abuse allegations, Father James Seculoff has been accused by three more people of molesting them when they were children.

The Walkerton priest who served as pastor of Saint Patrick Parish, and has been with the church for more than 50 years, stepped down in mid-January.  His resignation followed accusations surfacing of an incident of abuse that took place approximately 44 years ago. After their own initial investigation, the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese concluded that the allegations of sexual abuse against Seculoff were "highly credible" and turned the matter over to Indiana civil authorities.

That same investigative process was carried out for these three new allegations and all three have also been concluded to be "highly credible," and turned over to Indiana authorities, as well as the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Father Seculoff was officially replaced at Saint Patrick Parish on Jan. 15 by Father Michael T. Belinsky.

The Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese is encouraging all victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy to contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Mary Glowaski at (260) 399-1458 or the Vicar General, Monsignor Robert Schulte at (260) 422-4611.

Correction: The original story stated that Seculoff had served Saint Patrick Parish for more than 50 years.  He served more than one parish in his time with the church.

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