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New York bishop stands aside amid abuse allegations

A New York bishop has stood aside amid historic abuse allegations. Picture by Paul McErlane

A NEW York auxiliary bishop has stood aside following allegations he sexually abused a child.

Bishop John Jenik is accused of abuse dating from several decades ago.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, announced that Bishop Jenik had left his ministry while the allegations are being investigated.

He said the archdiocese's Lay Review Board had "concluded that the evidence is sufficient to find the allegation credible and substantiated".

"Although Bishop Jenik continues to deny the allegation, he has stepped aside from public ministry and has moved out of his parish," he said.

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