Mercer Island Priest on Leave for Investigation into Conduct with Minor

The Bellingham Herald
July 30, 2007

Mercer Island, Wash. — A Roman Catholic priest on Mercer Island is on voluntary leave pending an investigation into his conduct with a minor. The action involving the Reverend Dennis Kemp, pastor of St. Monica Roman Catholic Church, was announced at weekend Masses. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Seattle, Greg Magnoni, says church officials learned of the issue this month. Magnoni says Mercer Island police investigated the matter, and King County prosecutors decided not to file any criminal charges. Now he says the archdiocese is conducting its own investigation, and he adds that the 60-year-old priest has agreed to cooperate. Kemp has been unavailable for comment. He has been pastor at St. Monica since 2002 after serving at St. Mark Church in Shoreline and Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Bremerton. Kemp also was a campus minister and teacher at Kennedy High School in Burien.


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