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Green Bay Catholic Diocese receives allegation of abuse of a minor

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - An abuse of a minor allegation has been made against a retire priest in the Green Bay Catholic Diocese.

In a press release Saturday, the Dicoese says Father Justin N. Werner denies the allegation.

Officials say Father Werner has been temporarily restricted from performing any public ministry pending the outcome of a complete review. That includes an investigation by an independent professional investigator.

The Diocese says the abuse is alleged to have happened at St. Edward Parish in Mackville in the 1970s. Diocesan officials say they have notified Outagamie County authorities of the allegation following its mandatory reporting policy.

According to the Diocese, it is pastorally assisting both the person bringing the allegation and Father Werner.

Diocesan officials say they will have no further comment, because it is an ongoing investigation.

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