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Retired OKC priest added to clergy abuse list

Posted at 1:33 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 22:05:09-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced today that a retired Oklahoma City priest has been added to the clergy abuse list.

Officials say on Jan. 21, Father Marvin Leven was added to the list, by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, of priests who have had "substantiated allegations of abuse of a minor."

According to a press release, in 1993 a parishioner, from Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Enid, reporter allegations of abuse that started when the man was 15 and continued as a young adult at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond.

In 1995, Leven was sent to Saint Luke Institute for evalution. Professionals at the institute advised the allegations could be possible and advised Leven to have no unsupervised contact with minors, as well as seek intensive outpatient psychotherapy.

Father Leven returned to the parish and was instructed to not have contact with minors unless an adult was present. According to a press release, a second allegation of inappropriate behavior with a minor at Saint Francis Xavier was investigated and substantiated.

Based on the investigation results and the recommendation of the archdiocesan Review Board, "Archbishop Coakley revoked Father Marvin Leven's priestly faculties pursuant to canon (church) law."

Officials say 94-year-old Leven, who has since retired, served at Sts. Peter and Paul in Tulsa from 1959 to 1963 and at Holy Family Cathedral from 1966 to 1967 before 1973 when the Diocese of Tulsa was founded.

The Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City asks if anyone has information or concerns, they should contact authorities or the Victim Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City at 405-720-9878.

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