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Priest at the heart of Irish sex abuse scandal served in Fargo, elsewhere in North Dakota

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The key figure and most notorious abuser in a children's sex abuse scandal currently rocking the country of Ireland served as a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Fargo from 1979-83.

The Rev. John Smythe, as he was known in North Dakota, also abused altar boys in St. Alphonsus parish in Langdon, N.D., and served briefly in Park River and Ellendale, as well as other parishes.

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