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  The Diocese of Owensboro has suspended a western Kentucky Catholic priest after church officials received an accusation that he sexually abused a juvenile.  

Gerald Baker, 59, was suspended May 6th.  

Owensboro bishop William Medley said Wednesday that personnel at St. Mary of the Woods Church reported the accusation May 3rd.  

Baker led services at that Whitesville church and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ohio County.

The Kentucky Commonwealth's Attorney's office has asked the Owensboro Police Department to investigate allegations against a priest accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro has temporarily suspended the Rev. John Meredith following an investigation.