- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — A German priest who was ordered home from the United States over sexual abuse allegations taught religion classes at a German school in Maryland.

The Rev. Michael Schapfel is accused of sexually abusing teenage girls in Germany two decades ago. Father Schapfel led a 75-family German-speaking Catholic mission in the Washington area from 2004 until this month. He was also a chaplain for German military personnel in the region.

The German School Washington, D.C., in Potomac confirmed Wednesday that Father Schapfel taught religion classes there.

Officials at the school, the German-speaking parish and the Archdiocese of Washington said they never have received any allegations about Father Schapfel.

Church officials in Germany said Tuesday that they informed prosecutors of the allegations.

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