State revokes former priest’s counseling license

Huron Daily Tribune

Sept. 6, 2019

By Bradley Massman

State officials, today, announced a counseling license was revoked from a former priest who now resides in the Port Austin area.

The state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) revoked the educationally limited counselor’s license of Lawrence Ventline, a former priest with the Archdiocese of Detroit accused of sexually assaulting a young boy. However, he was never criminally charged or found guilty of sexual assault.

Also today, Ventline was fined $5,000.

The board’s action follows LARA’s summary suspension of Ventline’s license in May after an administrative complaint was filed by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office with LARA for allegations of sexual assault.

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