Retired priest suspended following arrest


The Diocese of Des Moines has suspended a retired priest in Council Bluffs from all public ministry following his arrest.

Father Paul Monahan faces five counts of invasion of privacy stemming from an incident at a high school track meet in April 2016. The charges are a serious misdemeanor.

The Diocese says Bishop Richard Pates first became aware that police were investigating an allegation against Monahan in July. Bishop Pates immediately suspended Monahan pending the the investigation. Monahan will remain suspended until the case is resolved in court.

Monahan has served as a senior chaplain at St. Albert Schools. He previously served as a teacher and principal at St. Albert High School. He also was a priest at St. Mary in Avoca, St. Patrick in Walnut, Holy Family in Council Bluffs and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Glenwood.

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