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Crime

Ellicottville priest placed on leave, pending investigation

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has placed yet another priest on leave. 

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone has placed Ellicottville priest Father Ronald Mierzwa on administrative leave after receiving an abuse complaint.  The priest has been serving as pastor at Holy Name of Mary Parish.

The Diocese says it is investigating the complaint, noting a priest placed on leave does not imply truth or falsity of the complaint. Mierzwa is one of more than 100 priests in the Diocese of Buffalo to be accused of misconduct.

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