Charges dropped against Kansas priest accused of molesting girl

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office will not retry a Catholic priest who was accused of sexually molesting an 11-year-old girl.

Rev. Scott Kallal had been charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child while he was working at St. Patrick Catholic School in Kansas City, Kansas.

A trial on the charges ended in a hung jury in September 2019. The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas said in a statement released Wednesday the district attorney has decided not to retry Kallal.

The diocese said the priest remains on a leave of absence while church officials determine if he will be allowed to return to priestly ministry.

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