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Thursday, June 06, 2002
 
This Isn't Getting Any Prettier

The Catholic sex scandal is hitting what seems to be a new low today, with police effectively investigating defrocked priest Stephen Kiessle for murder.

Kiessle's vacation home in Truckee, near Reno, is being searched for evidence in the disappearance of Amber Swartz. Swartz was 7 years old when she disappeared from her home in Pinole June 3, 1988. She has never been seen since.

Kiessle at the time already had a criminal record for molesting boys, which led to his removal from the priesthood. He wasn't investigated in 1988, although he was living on the same block as Swartz, because his record had been expunged.

In May, Kiessle was arrested after 3 women came forward to charge him with allegedly molesting them while he was a priest in the 1970s. The women reportedly were close to Amber in age and appearance when they charge that Kiessle molested them. There is no solid evidence as yet connecting him to the Swartz case.



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