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GB Diocese finds claim of priest abuse unsubstantiated

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Officials with the Green Bay Catholic Diocese say an abuse allegation againg a former priest has been deemed unsubstantiated.

The diocese received the allegation of abuse of a minor against Father Justin Werner, a senior (retired) priest, back on April 20.

The abuse, which Fr. Werner denied, was alleged to have happened at St. Edward Parish in Mackville in the 1970s.

Fr. Werner was temporarily restricted from performing any public ministry pending an investigation.

On Saturday the Green Bay Catholic Diocese released a statement saying an independent investigator has concluded the allegation against Fr. Werner is unsubstantiated.

Bishop David Ricken has since lifted the restrictions of Fr. Werner's ministry.

The Diocese said it must be diligent in its due process to ensure the safety of children and to advocate on behalf of victims/survivors.

Therefore, officials with the Diocese said the investigation regarding the allegation of abuse continues.