Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rev. Michael Freymuth Accused of Sexual Abuse

A lawsuit filed in St. Louis accuses a Roman Catholic priest of sexually abusing a young parishioner in the early 1980s.

The unnamed plaintiff filed suit Wednesday against Rev. Michael Freymuth, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its new Archbishop Robert Carlson, who arrived in St. Louis this June.

The lawsuit says in 2005 the victim informed the archdiocese about Freymuth's alleged sexual misconduct, and was told Freymuth would be removed from active ministry. The suit says that was false.

The archdiocese says a panel of lay people determined the 2005 allegation did not constitute sexual abuse. When it learned of a potential lawsuit alleging abuse in January, St. Louis church officials removed Freymuth from active ministry.

It's unclear where Freymuth lives.

1 comment:

  1. I was at St. Joan in the early 80's. I was an alter boy. Fr. Mike is NOT a molester. His accusers, my close friends, do not accuse him of anything sexual. I guarantee he did not abuse any kid. Stop the witchhunt. The accusers have issues, not related to Fr. Mike. See Fr. Romano Ferraro.