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Iowa priest nabbed in Florida for molesting alter boys in the 1980’s

DUBUQUE - The wheels of justice ebbed forward today, resulting in the arrest of an Iowa priest in Florida for allegedly molesting boys decades ago.

Dubuque, Iowa
DUBUQUE – The wheels of justice ebbed forward today, resulting in the arrest of an Iowa priest in Florida for allegedly molesting boys decades ago.

On May 15, 2023, the Dubuque Police Department was contacted by the Archdiocese of Dubuque’s Office for the Protection of Children, a division of their Human Resources Department, regarding reports they had received of “cold cases” of sexual abuse that occurred in Dubuque in the 1980s.

Four (4) separate individuals reported being sexually abused by 68-year-old Father Leo Patrick Riley (pictured at top), currently of Port Charlotte, Florida, from 1984-1986 while Riley was the associate pastor of Resurrection Parish in Dubuque. The victims were all identified as grade school-aged boys, all serving as altar boys of Resurrection Parish.
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After a thorough investigation, criminal charges were completed on April 24, 2024 for five (5) counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse against Riley. Dubuque Police investigators coordinated with Charlotte County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, leading to Riley’s arrest in Port Charolotte on April 24, 2024. Riley is being held at Charlotte County Jail awaiting extradition to Dubuque.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, call your local police.

(TOP IMAGE: Leo Riley via Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

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