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Priests leave duties if sexual abuse allegations are investigated

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, new york – A Roman Catholic priest in New York is stepping away from his official duties, while diocese officials investigate allegations of sexual abuse and unwanted physical contact dating back to the 1980s.

Newsday reports the Diocese of Rockville Center, on New York’s Long Island, looking to the allegations made against Mgr. William Breslawski, who has served as the pastor of the Church of st. Anthony of Padua in Rocky Point, New York.

The diocese said a letter had come on Sept. 25 accuse Breslawski of sexual abuse of a secondary-school-age child in 1980, and referring to an earlier complaint about it, that had been made in 2002. Another complaint in 2002, said Breslawski had unwanted contact with an adult in 1984.

A message will be left on Breslawski, the church was not returned.

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This story has been updated to change an incorrect reference to the sexual abuse of a “boy” to “middle-school-age of the child.” The gender of the victim is not stated in the letter.

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Information: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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