Woman says Colorado priest abused her as teen

Posted at 5:45 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 19:45:03-05

A woman living in Colorado has filed a complaint with the Archdiocese of Denver that a priest sexually abused her.

The woman said the abuse took place in the 1980s when she was a student at Marycrest High School in Denver.

The Archdiocese said the complaint was filed last year against Father Ben Colucci and a review board has said the complaint should be treated as credible.

Officials said the woman reported the alleged abuse to law enforcement.

"Because Fr. Colucci has not been in active ministry for many years, it was not necessary for the Capuchin Franciscans to remove him from ministry as a result of the complaint," the Archdiocese said.

Fr. Colucci served in Colorado from 1970 to 1993 at Marycrest High School, Annunciation Parish, and the Samaritan House.  Fr. Colucci was removed from ministry in 1993 by the Archdiocese of Denver for reported misconduct.


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