Guam priest reinstated after investigation clears him of decades-old molestation accusations

A Roman Catholic priest is being reinstated after a church investigation cleared him of allegations he molested two boys while serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the 1970s.

The Pacific Daily News ( ) reports the Archdiocese of Agana said Tuesday that the Rev. John Howard Wadeson has been fully reinstated to public ministry. The archdiocese didn't say whether Wadeson would return to Guam.

Wadeson was stripped of his duties and left Guam last July amid community concerns about his past. He says he was falsely accused but left because he didn't want the accusations to tarnish Guam's archbishop.

A 2004 clergy-abuse report by the Los Angeles archdiocese lists Wadeson as being credibly accused of molesting two people between 1973 and 1977.

The archdiocese reexamined the matter at Wadeson's request.