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Sex abuse allegations against Cumberland priest investigated

August 24, 2009

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- The Archdiocese of Baltimore has removed a Cumberland pastor while it investigates allegations that he sexually abused a minor.

The archdiocese announced Sunday that 73-year-old Monsignor Thomas Bevan, the pastor of the Church of St. Patrick, was removed Wednesday and cannot function as a priest until the investigation is complete. The archdiocese says Bevan denies the accusations.

The archdiocese says a former student at the parish school of St. John Catholic Church in Frederick said in June that he was abused on separate occasions while Bevan was an associate pastor there from 1974 to 1979.

The archdiocese reported the case to civil authorities and says it received permission from county authorities last week to resume its investigation.

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