|Plymouth Priest Faces Decades-old Sex Abuse Accusation
February 23, 2009
PLYMOUTH, Mass. - The Archdiocese of Boston has placed a Plymouth priest on administrative leave after allegations that he abused a child nearly thirty years ago.
Reverend Kenneth LeBlanc, a pastor of St. Peter's Church, faces allegations of sexually abusing a minor.
The Archdiocese has begun a preliminary investigation and said that LeBlanc will remain on leave pending the outcome.
Those who know the priest say they are surprised by the sex abuse allegations.
The accuser says the abuse happened when she was 10-years-old.
She has posted her story on a website, pedophilepriest.org, where she claims her and several friends were terrorized by LeBlanc's assaults over a period of a few years.
The Archdiocese of Boston released this statement:
"The decision to place Fr. LeBlanc on administrative leave represents the Archdiocese's commitment to the safety of all parties and does not represent a determination of Fr. LeBlanc's guilt or innocence as it pertains to this allegation. The Archdiocese will work to resolve this case as expeditiously as possible and in a manner that is fair to all parties.
Cardinal O'Malley expressed his sadness over this new allegation and reiterated his concern for all persons impacted by sexual abuse. Through its Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach, the Archdiocese continues to make counseling and other services available to survivors, their families and parishes impacted by clergy sexual abuse."
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