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L.A. priest removed after sexual misconduct allegations

By Catholic Online
February 15th, 2011
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A Catholic priest has admitted to having a sexual relationship with a high school girl more than 40 years ago. Rev. Martin P. O'Loghlen has since been removed from all priestly duties. In addition, a ranking official who oversaw the background checks of the priests has resigned.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A Catholic priest has admitted to having a sexual relationship with a high school girl more than 40 years ago. Rev. Martin P. O'Loghlen has since been removed from all priestly duties. In addition, a ranking official who oversaw the background checks of the priests has resigned.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced last week that O'Loghlen, who worked at Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas, has been removed.

The archdiocese has said it was reacting to inquiries from a New York Times reporter researching an article about the 74-year-old priest, O'Loghlen is accused of having a long-term sexual relationship with the teenage girl beginning in 1960, and seeking her forgiveness later, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony has accepted the resignation of the Archdiocesan Vicar for Clergy, Msgr. Michael Meyers. Archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg says that Meyers had been in charge of procedures intended to ensure that no sexual predators remained in ministry positions.

The archdiocese said it had not received any complaints about O'Loghlen during the two years he had been assigned to the San Dimas church.

In the announcement, church officials said they did not fully consult records that revealed O'Loghlen's past admission of sexual misconduct.

In 2007, the L.A. archdiocese agreed to pay $660 million to 508 people who accused priests of sexual abuse. The payout was the largest settlement in a scandal that involved an estimated 5,000 priests nationwide and cost the Roman Catholic Church more than $2 billion to resolve cases in the U.S.

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