Priest named as 2nd in charge of Charlotte diocese

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte says a priest who helps investigate claims of sexual abuse and misconduct by fellow clergy has been named second in command of the 46-county diocese.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Bishop Peter Jugis announced the appointment of Father Patrick Winslow on the diocesan website Friday. Winslow is pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte, a position he'll maintain.

Winslow replaces Monsignor Mauricio West, who the diocese said resigned March 25 after a "credible allegation" of sexual misconduct. West served as the diocese's vicar general and chancellor.

Winslow takes over those roles effective April 29.

West has denied the allegation.