Pewaukee priest charged with sexually assaulting child

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A Pewaukee priest has been charged with sexually assaulting a child.

A criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County charges Charles Hanel with second-degree sexual assault of a child. Hanel is the pastor at Queen of Apostles Church and was placed on administrative leave earlier this year after allegations surfaced that he had inappropriate contact with a minor.

A letter to parishioners from the Very Rev. Jerome Herda, vicar for ordained and lay ecclesial ministry with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, said Hanel has denied the allegations.

The Journal Sentinel says the 61-year-old Hanel has served as the church’s pastor since January 2014. He previously was a priest at St. Gabriel Parish in Hubertus.

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