Former High-Ranking L.A. Archdiocese Official Cleared of Sex Abuse Charges by Vatican Tribunal

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The Archdiocese of Los Angeles released a statement that said in part: “No allegations of sexual misconduct of any kind alleged against Monsignor Richard Loomis have been proven.” (Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

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A former high-ranking member of the Los Angeles Archdiocese was cleared of sexual misconduct charges after a 10-year investigation by the Catholic Church, officials announced.

Monsignor Richard Loomis had been accused in a 2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing a teenage boy while teaching at a Los Angeles area Catholic high school. A second person claiming to have been abused had also been identified by archdiocesan investigators.

The abuse allegedly took place between 1969 and 1971, while Loomis was a seminarian before being ordained as a priest.

Loomis had been serving as pastor of Saints Felicitas and Perpetua Parish in San Marino at the time of the accusations and was placed on temporary inactive ministry pending the investigation.

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Correction: An earlier version of the headline for this story incorrectly stated that Loomis was cleared by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In fact, a tribunal of the Holy See cleared him. The story has been updated. 

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