Diocese acknowledges complaint of sexual abuse from 1960s

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau said it has received a credible complaint of sexual abuse against a minor that allegedly occurred in the early to mid-1960s.

The diocese said the accused priest, the Rev. Walter C. Craig, died in 1971.

The diocese has notified civil authorities of the allegation.

Craig was ordained in 1923 for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. His appointments included serving as pastor in Immaculate Conception Parish in Jackson and St. Lawrence Parish in New Hamburg, Mo.

Further details were not released.

Pertinent address:

Jackson, Mo.

New Hamburg, Mo.

Map of pertinent addresses

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