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Wisconsin diocese suspends arrested priest

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MADISON (AP) -- The Diocese of La Crosse says a priest arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography will be suspended from his duties.

State agents arrested the Rev. Patrick Umberger on Wednesday. The 59-year-old priest has not been formally charged yet.

Umberger has served as pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Onalaska since 2005. According to his web site, he also teaches at the parish's school and serves as chaplain at Aquinas Middle School in La Crosse.

Diocese attorney Jim Birnbaum issued a statement saying Umberger will not be assigned any duties. The statement says diocese officials made the move "to protect all parties involved," but it shouldn't be interpreted as statement on his guilt or innocence.

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