Diocese Responds to Allegations against Priest

By Stephanie Backus
Connect Missouri
November 30, 2011

The Jefferson City Catholic Diocese issued a statement Wednesday after placing one of their priests on a leave of absense.

Spokesperson Deacon Dan Joyce said Fr. Brendan Doyle is currently on a temporary leave of absence after someone found inappropriate photos on Doyle's computer.

The statement said Fr. Doyle reported a virus on his computer and asked for technical assistance. That's when the images were found.

According to the statement, Doyle's computer was given to law enforcement, but Jefferson City Police Spokesman Capt. Doug Shoemaker said his department did not have any information on the case. Joyce would not release which law enforcement agency received the computer. He said it was turned over in an abundance of caution.

Joyce would not clarify why Doyle's computer was turned over to police, but said it was not a religious interpretation of the images, but a common man interpretation that led them to give the computer to authorities.

Doyle is not participating in any of his diocesan work during the leave of absence and the diocesan review board was notified of the situation, according to Joyce.

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