Priest accused of sexual abuse in 1980s returns to parish - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Priest accused of sexual abuse in 1980s returns to parish

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Archdiocese of Louisville is reinstating a priest accused of sexual abuse dating back to the 1980s because the allegations could not be substantiated.

One parishioner at Father Ronald Domhoff's church, St. Peter the Apostle on Johnsontown Road near Dixie Highway, said the congregation applauded when it was announced that Domhoff was returning.

The archdiocese says today is Father Domhoff's first official day back after being placed on administrative leave on Sept. 25 after the Archdiocese learned that an individual had accused Domhoff of sexual abuse.

According to a written statement from the Archdiocese, the decision was made after the Archdiocese learned that the LMPD's Crimes Against Children Unit was ending its investigation and that no prosecution would take place.

The Archdiocese says it contacted the person making the accusation, but never received a report with details of the alleged abuse. A private investigator interviewed Domhoff and concluded there was no evidence that any abuse occurred.

As a result the Archdiocese of Louisville Sexual Abuse Review Board recommended Domhoff return to active ministry.

One longtime parishioner, Terry Gribbins, says he's elated -- but knows there will be mixed emotions.

"Oh I'm sure there's folks that have their doubts," Gribbins said. "They're all human, and people have their opinions and their feelings, but I think from what I know of this parish the majority of people will be tickled to have him back."

The archdiocese did not want to comment on camera, and officials with the church have not yet returned our calls.

Domhoff may resume his duties at St. Peter the Apostle Parish on Dec. 17.

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