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Church: Child sex allegations against ex-priest 'credible'

The Archdiocese of Detroit says child sexual abuse allegations against a former priest have been found to be credible.

The Catholic administrative body for southeastern Michigan made the announcement Tuesday after an internal board reviewed allegations against Richard Lauinger.

The 85-year-old was ordained in 1956 and left the priesthood in 1975.

Diocese spokesman Ned McGrath said Lauinger hasn't lived in Michigan since 1985 but declined to say where he is now.

The Associated Press called two phone numbers assigned to someone with the same name and age and left messages.

McGrath said the complaints were turned over to the Wayne and Oakland county prosecutor's offices.

Lauinger's assignments included serving as associate pastor of parishes in Detroit, Royal Oak and Farmington, and co-pastor of a church in St. Clair Shores.

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