Iowa Priest Temporarily Steps down

By Jim Whitfield
September 3, 2007

The Davenport Diocese says it's placed a priest from Lee County Iowa on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an alleged sexual abuse allegation that took place nearly 30 years ago.

Bishop Martin Amos, says he removed Father Gerald Stouvenel from serving at S-S Mary and Joseph Church in Ft. Madison as well as St Joseph's Church in Montrose. The decision to place the priest on administrative leave was made after four people came forward recently to allege Father Stouvenel sexually molested them. Besides serving in Lee County, the priest also served in churches in St. Paul, Burlington, West Point and Davenport.


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