|First on 2: Mountain Home Priest Back after Sexual Misconduct Allegations
By Adam Rodriguez
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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