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Posted at 9:35 AM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Retired priest facing Md. sex abuse charge

By Associated Press

Episcopal Church and Montana officials say a retired priest is facing child sexual abuse charges and is awaiting extradition to Maryland.

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland issued a statement Wednesday saying the Rev. Donald Belcher, who now lives in Yaak, Montana, had been indicted by a Maryland grand jury on child sexual abuse charges.

Crystal Byington, deputy court clerk in Lincoln County, Montana, said Belcher appeared in court Dec. 29 on a Maryland extradition warrant for a sexual assault charge.

The diocese said the 82-year-old Belcher was vicar of the Church of the Holy Cross in Street from 2001 to 2007 In Harford County. The diocese says steps are being taken to prohibit Belcher from priestly functions and an investigation has begun.

It could not be determined if Belcher has a lawyer.

By Associated Press  | January 6, 2011; 9:35 AM ET
 
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Comments

Is Belcher retired from the priesthood, or sexual abuse?

Posted by: snalg1 | January 6, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

What a tiny little blurb in a small blog when an Episcopal priest abuses a child. If he had been a Catholic priest it would be national news headlines.

Posted by: Dipsy1 | January 8, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

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