Thursday, July 8, 2004

Accused Priest Dies

From The Rev. Joseph Romansky dead, was priest accused of child abuse:

"The Rev. Joseph Romansky, 52, the Cleveland priest accused of abusing dozens of boys in Cleveland over 20 years, died Saturday night.

A spokesman for the Cleveland Catholic diocese confirmed his death, but declined to comment on any details, including how he died.

'The family has requested privacy,' said Robert Tayek. 'We have to honor that. The funeral and burial are already over. He was buried Tuesday.'

Romansky had been on administrative leave since April 2002 and was living in an apartment near his last assignment, chaplain at St. Augustine Manor, a nursing home on Detroit Road.

Romansky was among 15 Cleveland diocese priests suspended in 2002 pending lawsuits and investigations into child-molestation charges. "

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