BOONVILLE — The Diocese of Jefferson City has placed a priest on leave while it investigates allegations of what it calls inappropriate electronic communication with a minor five years ago.
Bishop John Gaydos read a statement about the investigation involving The Rev. Thomas Seifner at weekend Masses at Loose Creek and Bonnots Mill. A letter from Gaydos also was read at Pilot Grove.
The Boonville Daily News reports that Seifner was removed Dec. 18 from his positions as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Loose Creek and St. Louis Church in Bonnots Mill. Both of the churches are in Osage County.
The Diocesan Review Board is investigating the claim. Osage County Prosecutor Amanda Grellner says her office has not been contacted about the case.