First on 2: Mountain Home Priest Back after Sexual Misconduct Allegations

By Adam Rodriguez
2 News
June 1, 2008

Mountain Home - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise said Father Raul Covarrubias returned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Saturday after an eight-month absence.

Covarrubias was put on leave last September after allegations the priest sexually abused a minor. An investigation found Covarrubias had broken no laws. The priest told parishioners he was involved in sexual misconduct with an adult.

At a parish meeting on Saturday, Bishop Michael Driscoll acknowledged the hurt caused by Covarrubias.

"... his misconduct has had a major impact on the ministry," Driscoll said.

Driscoll said the priest can continue to serve after reviewing a report from the counseling staff of a residential treatment facility Covarrubias attended.

The bishop asked for continued prayers for the person hurt by this misconduct.

Covarrubias told parishoners he was involved in sexual misconduct with an adult.


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