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Priest in Guam removed over California allegations

Catholic priest in Guam is removed from his post over Los Angeles allegations dating to 1970s

Priest in Guam removed over California allegations

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest has been removed from his post in Guam over allegations that he molested two boys four decades ago while serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Church officials said Friday that the Rev. John Howard Wadeson left his post in the Archdiocese of Agana on Monday after parishioners there raised concerns about his past.

A 2004 Los Angeles archdiocese report says Wadeson was credibly accused in two cases between 1973 and 1977. Wadeson was in Los Angeles between 1972 and 1985 and taught at Verbum Dei High School, an all-male Catholic school.

Wadeson has told the Guam Pacific Daily News ( ) that he is innocent.

Michael Hennigan, a Los Angeles archdiocese attorney, says the LA archdiocese told Guam church officials about Wadeson's history in 2011.