Wauwatosa priest subject of multiple complaints

Published On: Apr 19 2013 11:50:17 AM CDT
WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) -

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee spokesman says the archdiocese responded properly to every report of a Catholic priest who has been the subject of complaints of inappropriate contact with children.

Rev. Robert Marsicek has been on leave since March 28 after a Wauwatosa Catholic School teacher reported what she thought was inappropriate contact with a child.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the 71-year-old had been repeatedly counseled by the archdiocese and his religious order, the Society of the Divine Savior, about "boundary issues" and was told to stop hugging and touching children.

Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski says boundary issues are not cause to remove a priest from ministry.

Salvatorian and archdiocese officials repeatedly spoke to Marsicek about his conduct. He repeatedly vowed to change his behavior.