Five Philadelphia priests suspended, one accused of sexual abuse

The Catholic Archdiocese ofPhiladelphia, battered since 2011 by a high-profile child sexabuse scandal, said on Sunday it had placed another five priestson administrative leave, including one accused of sexual abuse.

Following a church investigation Archbishop Charles J.Chaput determined that there was a substantiated case of sexualabuse of a minor against a 58-year-old priest identified asMichael A. Chapman, according to a church statement. It gave nofurther details on the allegation.

Chapman was not immediately available for comment.

The other four suspended priests were determined to haveviolated standards of behavior and boundaries, the church saidwithout elaborating. A church document defines one of theboundaries as pertaining to appropriate behavior with children.

The church said it had already reported the allegationsagainst the men to the Philadelphia district attorney's office,and an archdiocese spokesman said he was not aware of anycriminal charges against the men.

Calls to the district attorney's office were not immediatelyreturned on Sunday.

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