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Omaha Archdiocese permanently removes priest over sexual misconduct allegations

Posted at 8:54 PM, Oct 28, 2018

A priest has been permanently removed from public ministry in the Omaha Archdiocese.

The move was announced Sunday.

Archbishop George Lucas removed Reverend Donald Cleary after the priest refused to contest allegations of sexual abuse. The allegations state Rev. Cleary abused a minor in the mid-1980s.

The complaint says the abuse happened in Wayne, Nebraska where Cleary served from 1986 to 1998.

Last week, the archdiocese was in an uproar when news of another priest, Father Francis Nigli, had been accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old man in May.