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Diocese of Tulsa releases new details about allegation made against Father Joe Townsend

Posted at 4:37 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 17:37:51-04

The Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma are releasing new details late this afternoon about an allegation made against Father Joe Townsend.

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The Diocese of Tulsa officials say the allegation stems from Townsend's time as an associate pastor at St. Pius X Catholic Church from 1988 to 1991.

Diocesan officials say a third party investigation is underway.

Townsend denies all allegations and the diocese says he's cooperating with the investigation.

The Diocese asks anyone with knowledge or concerns about any misconduct by Father Townsend, regardless of when the conduct occurred, to come forward at this time.

You are asked to either call police or the diocesan Pastoral Hotline at 918- 307-4970, officials said.

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