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Madison Priest Accused of Sexual Impropriety

Jan 1, 2003 | AP

The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Madison has placed another priest on administrative leave because of accusations of sexual impropriety.

Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard said Monday the matter was investigated by the Madison Police Department and no charges will be filed.

Bishop William Bullock said he placed the Rev. Robert DeCock on leave after he received a complaint about the priest, who was working as an assistant pastor at St. Paul's University Catholic Center, a church on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.

Bullock released no details of the complaint.

Bill Brophy, a spokesman for the diocese, said Tuesday no details of the allegations will be released by the bishop. He said DeCock had returned to the Schoenstatt Order of priests and nuns in Waukesha, which was in charge of its own investigation of the matter.

A message left for DeCock at the Schoenstatt Order's office was not immediately returned Tuesday.

DeCock is the third priest in the diocese placed on administrative leave this year.

The Rev. Kenneth Klubertanz, pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lodi, was removed from his job in June after Bullock was informed of allegations the priest had abused a young man 27 years ago. In August, a second accusation of inappropriate sexual contact with a teenage boy was made against Klubertanz.

On Dec. 18, Bullock announced he had removed the Rev. Peter Claver Arnoue, a member of the Owere, Nigeria, Catholic Diocese, from his job as administrator of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Hollandale, after receiving a complaint. That case was referred to Iowa County authorities.

Klubertanz's case is being studied by the Diocesan Sexual Abuse Review Board, a group established by Bullock earlier this year.

In each of the sexual abuse cases, Bullock followed guidelines he established in 1993.

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