COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A priest from a large Catholic congregation in Colorado Springs has been accused of sexually abusing a child.

Rev. Robert Manning is a pastor at St. Gabriel the Arch-Angel Church. Church officials say as soon as they heard the allegations they reported to police.

The church is in one of Colorado Springs fastest growing neighborhoods on the east side.

Details of the allegations are not being released but the news came as a shock to church members.

“People expect more from the Catholic Church, and specifically priests and leadership within the Church, much like we expect more from our military or our cops or our firemen,” church member Craig Simonsgaard said.

Manning is on leave during the investigation.

The church says it is taking the allegations seriously, but also reminds people that Manning is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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