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Suspended priest released from jail

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Archdiocese of St. Louis chancery.

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – A victims' advocacy group is making some demands of the Archdiocese of St. Louis as a suspended priest gets out of jail.

Bryan Kuchar was released from St. Louis County Jail Wednesday. He was convicted in 2003 of sodomizing a 14-year old.

SNAP delivered a letter to the chancery Wednesday asking Archbishop Raymond Burke to honor two clergy members who testified against Kuchar.

National Director David Clohessy says coming forward was a brave thing to do.

"We think the archbishop needs to publicly praise them and acknowledge them for their courage and hold them up as examples for other current and former staff of the Archdiocese," Clohessy said.

SNAP also has asked the administration of Rosati Kain High School, where Kuchar once worked, to ask others who may have been abused or know about abuse to come forward.

The Archdiocese is awaiting word from the Vatican to determine if Kuchar will be defrocked.

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