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DUBUQUE (AP) -

The Dubuque archdiocese says it has cleared a priest who had served at a city parish in the 1980s of sex abuse allegations.

A 39-year-old man earlier this year accused the Rev. Leo Riley of abuse when he was an altar boy in 1985.

Riley had served as a Church of the Resurrection associate pastor. He was placed on leave as a pastor in the Diocese of Venice, Florida, following the accusations.

Messages seeking comment from the Florida diocese were left by the Telegraph Herald.

Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels said in a Sunday letter to parishioners that "the best information available does not support a reasonable belief that the allegation is true."

An advocacy group for clerical-abuse victims says it doubts the veracity of the church's investigation.

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