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Buffalo Diocese investigating new complaint against Swormville priest

The Buffalo Diocese is now investigating an allegation of abuse against the Rev. Robert Yetter that “may involve a minor.”

The diocese announced the latest complaint on its website Monday afternoon.

Diocesan spokesman George Richert did not respond to a call seeking comment, but issued a statement by email saying: “We received a complaint from a third party on Friday that may involve a minor and commenced an immediate investigation.”

A report last week by WKBW-TV included internal church documents showing that Yetter was previously accused of making unwanted sexual advances on two adult men.

Several people, including Rep. Brian Higgins, called on Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign on Friday as a result of news stories during the past six months about sexual abuse complaints against diocese priests.

Yetter resigned as pastor of St. Mary's Church in Swormville following the latest complaint. He also has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.

The diocese’s statement said that the leave “does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.”

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