Iowa Archdiocese Admits To Covering Up Priest's Sex Abuse Admission

The Iowa Catholic Diocese has admitted to covering up a sex abuse scandal over three decades ago. 

The Diocese of Sioux City says it never contacted police or informed the public of Rev. Jerome Coyle's 1986 admission about the sex abuse of dozens of boys.

Diocese officials said two adults have come forward recently with decades old allegations against Coyle. Those accusations will be reported to law enforcement.

The bishop reportedly removed Coyle from priestly duties in 1986 and sent him to New Mexico for an evaluation and treatment. Coyle never returned to a parish and worked as a civilian during his time in New Mexico.

Coyle was recently moved by the diocese to a care facility in Fort Dodge. That care facility is across the street from a Catholic school and the diocese reportedly did not tell school administrators about Coyle's past since being moved to that facility.

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