Abuse allegation of Father Kevin Hederman investigated

Father Kevin Hederman, a priest of the St. Louis Archdiocese serving at a mission in Belize, has temporarily been removed from ministry.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is aware of a lawsuit involving Father Hederman and the Archdiocese that was filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court late last month. The man filing the lawsuit said he was a student at Christian Brothers College High School when, he claims, he was sexually abused by Father Hederman in the early 1990s.

Msgr. Richard Hanneke, director of priest personnel for the archdiocese, said in a statement that “at this time, the archdiocese has not been able to investigate the allegation and we do not know if the claim is valid. Because we take all allegations of abuse very seriously, Bishop Robert Hermann has decided to temporarily remove Rev. Hederman from active ministry pending further review.”

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