Owensboro police asked to investigate priest

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Commonwealth's Attorney's office has asked the Owensboro Police Department to investigate allegations against a priest accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1g19fXB) the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro on Tuesday announced the temporary suspension of the Rev. John Meredith following an investigation.

A letter from Diocese of Owensboro Bishop William Medley says the Diocesan Review Board unanimously judged the allegation to be credible and urges compassion for the person who brought the matter to light.

Meredith has been a priest at Blessed Mother Catholic Church since 2008.

A call to the church seeking comment from Meredith was not immediately returned.

Commonwealth's Attorney Bruce Kuegel said the diocese referred the matter to the prosecutor's office. He declined to identify the alleged inappropriate conduct.


Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com