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Priest accused of sexual abuse removed from ministry, Diocese says

[source]:

A priest who served at parishes in Queensbury and Glens Falls has been removed from the ministry after church officials determined there was reasonable grounds to believe he sexually abused a minor, the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese announced on Friday.

The allegations against the Rev. Gary Mercure date back to the 1980s when he was serving as a pastor at St. Teresa of Avila parish in Albany. Mercure, 60, was placed on a paid leave of absence in January when the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese received the complaint.

After the complaint was made public, other allegations against Mercure were received, according to the Diocese. The Diocese said all the reports were turned over to law enforcement officials and some are still being investigated.

Mercure also served as pastor at St. Mary’s in Glens Falls, Our Lady of Annunciation in Queensbury, Sacred Heart and St. William parishes in Troy and Our Lady of Assumption in Latham.

Church officials said Mercure is barred from celebrating Mass, performing sacraments like marriage or baptism and is not allowed to wear clerical garb.

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August 16, 2008 - Posted by | Catholic Church, Sex Abuse

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