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Did Suspended Priest Violate Orders?

A lay group wants the Archdiocese to put its foot down, after a suspended priest is allegedly found violating church rules. The Cincinnati Archdiocese suspended Thomas Brunner in 2003 for child abuse allegations. That means he's not supposed to present himself as a priest in any way, but an activist group believes he has. Brunner may have done that while living with a teenage boy.

As a suspended priest, Thomas Brunner is prohibited from public practice. Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - or SNAP - found evidence that Brunner performed a funeral service near Dayton in December. The group also has paperwork that indicates Brunner shared a house with a woman and her 13-year old foster son up until a few months ago.

Snap wants the Archdiocese to keep better watch over suspended priests. Dan Frondorf, local SNAP Co-chair, tells Fox 19 "We can't go after (the accused priests) civilly, so the church has to do something affirmative to regain the trust of the flock and to protect children from sexual abuse in the future."

SNAP sent a letter to Archbishop Pilarczyk asking why Brunner has been allowed to live with a teenager while he's under investigation for child molestation and what the archbishop plans to do about it. A spokesman for the Archdiocese acknowledges this is a serious situation and says the church is looking into it.

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