June 05, 2008

Homosexual Allegations Shock Lakeport Catholic Parishioners

LAKEPORT, CA -- Friends and parishioners of Lakeport Catholic priest Father Ted Oswald were reeling Wednesday from allegations in a lawsuit that he sexually abused a boy he had befriended more than 10 years ago. "Everybody’s still in shock," said Mark Thevenot, who has known Oswald and attended his Masses for 20 years. Oswald has been saying Mass at Saint Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Lakeport for two decades. He used the sermon on Sunday to announce he would be taking a leave of absence because of the allegations.
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Lakeport Priest Removed in Homosexual Claims
A Lake County Catholic priest has been placed on administrative leave from his church and law enforcement ministries pending an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of an altar boy more than a decade ago, church and law authorities said Tuesday. Father Ted Oswald was suspended Monday from his post at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Lakeport pending an investigation into the allegations, which were made in a civil lawsuit, said Santa Rosa Diocese spokeswoman Deirdre Frontczak.

Civil Complaint Filed Against Priest Ted Oswald
LAKE COUNTY -- An investigation is under way after a civil complaint alleging sexual abuse was filed against Father Ted Oswald, according to a Monday press release from the Lakeport Police Department (LPD). The Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa reported to the LPD in late May that it had been served with the civil complaint alleging that Oswald committed sexual abuse between 1988 and 1995, according to the release. Oswald served as chaplain for the LPD for two years, and for 11 years at the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

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