Diocese of Steubenville officials said Friday they received "a credible allegation" of abuse of a minor by a former priest.
In a news release, the diocese stated that a child may have been abused by Msgr. Robert Brown, a former pastor of St. Sylvester Church in Woodsfield, and by Mr. Paul Ditto, a former volunteer at the same church.
Both Brown and Ditto are now deceased.
The alleged abuse took place between 1976 and 1978. Diocesan officials said they have already notified local civil authorities with regard to the allegations.