Priest With Ties To Area Removed From Parish (VIDEO)

By Emily Dwire

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 9:32 AM EST

Walkerton, IND. (21 Alive) - A Priest with ties to the Fort Wayne area has resigned and retired amid allegations that he sexually abused a minor 44 years ago.

The Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese launched a preliminary investigation once it got word of the allegations, saying it has strong evidence that Father James Seculoff did sexually abuse a minor decades ago.

Father Seculoff served as Priest at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in New Haven for several years. He also served many Fort Wayne parishes before heading to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Walkerton, Indiana in August of 2013.

Father Seculoff has been in the clergy for more than 50 years.

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