ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former priest who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a child is free after 12 years in prison, and advocates for victims of clergy abuse say they are worried about what could happen next.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 49-year-old Gary Wolken was released Monday from the state prison in Cameron, Missouri.
Victims’ advocates say the Archdiocese of St. Louis has a responsibility to protect the public.
The archdiocese says in a statement that Wolken is no longer a priest and will be subject to all sex offender regulations. It also encourages anyone wishing to report misconduct with a minor to contact clergy, church or archdiocese personnel, or police.