South Dakota Catholic Priest Resigns After Allegations He Sexually Abused a Minor

The Rev. Michel Mulloy

A Rapid City, S.D., priest who was set to become the next Catholic bishop of Duluth has resigned following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the 1980s in South Dakota.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy, the Diocese of Duluth said Monday in a statement posted on its website.

The pope appointed Mulloy the 10th bishop of Duluth in June, with his installation set for Oct. 1.

In August, officials with the Diocese of Rapid City received word about an allegation against Mulloy concerning the sexual abuse of a minor in the early 1980s in Rapid City.

Rapid City Bishop Peter Muhich informed law enforcement officers of the allegation and Mulloy was directed to refrain from ministry, according to a statement from the Rapid City diocese. Officials there said they had received no other allegations of sexual abuse involving Mulloy.

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SOURCE: Minneapolis Star Tribune, Tim Harlow