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Altoona Priest Placed On Leave Over Child-Sex Abuse Allegations

ALTOONA (AP) - A central Pennsylvania priest has been placed on leave over a child-sex abuse allegation from more than 30 years ago.

Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Mark Bartchak announced the precautionary measure Sunday involving the Rev. Charles Bodziak.

The bishop says the allegation against the 74-year-old priest is more than three decades old. However, the bishop has decided to review the allegation, though a diocesan spokesman won't say why that's happening.

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The priest has pastored St. Michael Parish in the town of the same name since 2010. St. Michael is located about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The priest hasn't been charged with a crime. He couldn't immediately be located for comment.

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