Indianapolis, In. — A priest with ties to southeastern Indiana has suspended following an allegation of child abuse. Father John Maung, 79, from the Indianapolis Diocese, has been suspended by officials while the investigation is pending.Father Maung has denied the claim.Maung served at the St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Connersville and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shelbyville. He retired in 2009 but served some sacraments at parishes in the diocese.Officials from the Indiana Archdiocese are cooperating with authorities.The Indianapolis Archdiocese released the following statement:“Fr. John Maung, a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, has been suspended after an individual made a report to the Archdiocese that they were abused as a child several decades ago by Fr. Maung. The Archdiocese immediately made a report to civil authorities and the Archdiocesan Review Board.Fr. Maung has denied the claim.Fr. Maung served in the following parishes: St. Lawrence, Indianapolis; St. Gabriel, Connersville and St. Joseph, Shelbyville. He also resided at Holy Spirit Parish in Indianapolis. Following his retirement in 2009, Fr. Maung continued to help with sacramental needs at parishes in the Archdiocese.Fr. Maung is prohibited from all public ministry while an investigation is pending.If you are a victim of sexual misconduct by a person ministering on behalf of the Church, or if you know of anyone who has been a victim of such misconduct, please contact civil authorities and the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator Carla Hill at [email protected]” Carla Hill has served as the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ victim assistance coordinator since 2010.