Though Glockner does not work for the Diocese of Covington, officials there said the allegations have been reported to the Kentucky State Police.
According to a statement by Laura Keener, spokeswoman for the Diocese, Glockner “has served the pastoral needs of Holy Redeemer Parish in Vanceburg, Kentucky as sacramental minister and parochial administrator,” since 2012.
“In those seven years, there have not been any allegations of inappropriate behavior against Father Glockner,” wrote Keener.
She said the “removal from ministry is not substantiation of an allegation but is a part of safe environment protocols while the matter is investigated.”
The Diocese has reached out to a representative of the teens’ families to offer pastoral assistance, according to their statement.
Stegeman said as a representative of the Fairfield-based Glenmary Home Missioners, Glockner was not employed by the Diocese of Covington but ministering within the diocese’s boundaries in Kentucky.
“He was working with high school volunteers in helping poor people in the area (Vanceburg) on trailer homes needing repair,” said Stegeman.
He said Glenmary will conduct its own investigation after the Kentucky State Police investigate the allegations against Glockner, who remains stationed at the Glenmary site.
“The number one thing to know is that for now he has been removed from ministerial work,” said Stegeman.