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Cops: Priest sexually assaulted man in YMCA locker room

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On Friday, police in Lansdale (Penn.) arrested Rev. John Roebuck, 64, after he reportedly groped another man inside the locker room at the North Penn YMCA.

On Dec. 15, Roebuck began a conversation with another man inside the sauna, and then followed him into the locker room where the assault occurred, according to police.

As Roebuck shook the man's hand, he grabbed the man's genitals with the other, according to court documents.

Roebuck has been charged with misdemeanor indecent assault without consent and summary harassment. He is currently free on $50,000 bail.

The priest has been placed on leave from his position as Parochial Vicar at St. Stanislaus in Lansdale.

Undoubtedly mindful of the massive child sex abuse scandal plaguing the Catholic church in recent years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was quick to remind the public that Father Roebuck had not victimized a child in this case.

In a press release, the Archdiocese stated: "The alleged conduct leading to his arrest did not involve a minor."

The Reporter Online reported:

A profile of Roebuck published in the August 2013 edition of the Saint Stanislaus newsletter NewStan notes that he once taught at Lansdale Catholic High School.

Roebuck's first court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 23.

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