Child sex assault claim against priest who died in '04

- More than a decade after his death, authorities say they have a credible allegation of sexual abuse against a popular Roman Catholic priest.

Father David West was well known in the community and served at more than 20 parishes across southeast Michigan since he became ordained in 1964. He died in 2004 at the age of 65.

The allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was recently brought forward to the Archdiocesan Board of Review, and found to be credible. The Archdiocese of Detroit places no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, or other personnel.

Authorities are naming the parish assignments West received as they believe other victims may be out there.

Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington; Our Lady Queen of Peace, Harper Woods; St. Anastasia, Troy; St. Andrew, Rochester; St. Dennis, Royal Oak; St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores; St. Matthew, Detroit;

Pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods; St. Agatha, Redford; St. James, Ferndale; St. Louise de Marillac, Warren;

Administrator at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Temperance; St. Aidan, Livonia; St. Basil the Great, Eastpointe; St. Joseph, Maybee; St. Mel, Dearborn Heights; St. Michael, Livonia; St. Victor, Rockwood;

Served on the faculty of Sacred Heart Seminar; as a minister at Wayne State University; and as chaplain at Bishop Gallagher High School.

To report abuse committed by a priest or other person working for the Archdiocese of Detroit, you may do co by calling the Victim Assistance Coordinator at (866) 343-8055 or by emailing them at 

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