February 28, 2019
By Mike Ellis and Nathaniel Cary
Hayden Vaverek, 53, is a laicized Catholic priest who’s been accused of sexually abusing a former student at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville.
Michael Cassabon, a 1998 St. Joseph’s graduate, told The Greenville News he was abused by Vaverek multiple times over the course of at least two years in the 1990s.
Cassabon reported the alleged abuse in 2013. The Diocese of Charleston and the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office investigated. Vaverek was removed from the priesthood in 2013.
Cassabon didn’t pursue a criminal charge against Vaverek, and Vaverek has not been criminally charged, though the diocese said Cassabon’s claim of abuse was “credible.”
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