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Catholic priest charged in Kansas with child sex crimes


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Catholic priest charged in Kansas with child sex crimes has been arrested in Maryland, authorities say.

The Wyandotte County, Kansas, prosecutor's office announced Tuesday that the Rev. Scott Kallal was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Online court records show the 35-year-old was arrested Monday in Rockville, Maryland.

Prosecutor's office spokesman Jonathan Carter said he didn't know whether Kallal had an attorney. No details were provided about the allegations.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas announced last week that Kallal was pulled from public ministry duties after two sources accused him of "boundary violations." The archdiocese said its preliminary investigation "revealed violations of some of the archdiocese's safe environment guidelines which all clerics, employees and volunteers are asked to observe when interacting with young people."

The archdiocese said Kallal's suspension was announced during Masses at Overland Park's Holy Spirit Church and St. Patrick Church in Kansas City, Kansas. He served at both.

An initial statement from the archdiocese said Kallal "denies any moral misconduct or malicious intent and has agreed to undergo evaluation and counseling." In a follow-up statement Tuesday, the archdiocese said that it would continue to "cooperate fully" with law enforcement, and that anyone with information about priests, deacons, employees or volunteers engaging in inappropriate conduct should report their concerns.


This story has been corrected to show that the arrest occurred in Rockville, not Rockville City.


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