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The Catholic Diocese of Owensboro has suspended the pastor of a Union County church. The priest is accused of sexual misconduct decades ago.

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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.

Updated at 11:00 a.m. ET

As we reported earlier, a synod of Catholic bishops meeting at the Vatican has released an interim document that signals the likelihood of a dramatic overhaul in the church's stance on gays and lesbians, as well as its view on divorced members.

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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.