Wis. diocese removes former priest over allegation

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay says a man who voluntarily left the priesthood more than 40 years ago has been removed from the clergy over an allegation that he sexually abused a boy in the 1960s.

A Press-Gazette Media report says Jerome Koerner of De Pere denied the allegations but cooperated with the process.

The diocese says it received an allegation last year that he had sexually abused a boy while serving as a priest. The diocese began the process of removing him from the priesthood. It said Friday the process has been completed.

The alleged victim says Koerner molested him several times from 1960 to 1967. He says police told him too much time had passed to justify pursuing criminal charges.

Koerner says, “I’m going to keep it simple — I deny any allegation.”