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Buffalo Diocese administrator accused of sexual misconduct restored to active ministry

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Posted at 10:53 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 10:55:37-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Diocese of Buffalo's number two administrator, who was suspended following an allegation of sexual misconduct, has been restored to active ministry.

Reverend Peter Karalus will resume his duties as vicar general immediately at the recommendation of the Independent Review Board.

Father Karalus was placed on administrative leave in March following an allegation of sexual misconduct by a person who was a minor in 2011. The Erie County District Attorney determined there was no basis for pursuing criminal charges.

Former Bishop Richard J. Malone appointed Karalus to his position in late 2018, after Fr. Mark Noonan -- Malone's previous No. 2 man -- quit the post to return to parish life.