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Former Owensville priest investigated over inappropriate conduct claims

OWENSVILLE, Mo. - The Owensville Police Department confirmed it was investigating allegations against a priest Tuesday.

According to Bishop John Gaydos of the Jefferson City Diocese, Fr. Bob Duesdieker was put on administrative leave December 28 while the Diocese and law enforcement investigate a report of alleged inappropriate conduct with minors that occurred 25 years ago. At the time, Fr. Duesdieker was serving at Immaculate Conception parish in Owensville.

Bishop Gaydos said Fr. Duesdieker denied any misconduct.

"The Diocese first received information about this complaint earlier last month from a second hand source who was only willing to provide limited information," said Bishop Gaydos in a statement. "We have, this past week, learned additional information that requires further investigation and caused me to make this decision. The Diocese will cooperate with law enforcement, as appropriate."

"I know this news is upsetting to the (Fr. Duesdieker’s) parish and I regret that it was necessary for me to do this, but in an abundance of caution, I must do what I believe is right in order to provide a safe environment in the parish," said Bishop Gaydos.


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