Priest Placed on Leave

Reno Gazette-Journal
June 25, 2006

A priest at St. Therese of the Little Flower Church is on administrative leave pending an allegation that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with a minor, Bishop Randolph Calvo said Saturday.

Calvo said the Diocese of Reno reported the accusation involving Fr. Honesto Agustin to police.

However, he reminded the public that it should presume Agustin innocent.

Details of the allegation were not specified. Calvo asks anyone who knows something that could resolve this matter to inform the diocesan victim assistance coordinator at 826-6555 or to contact police.

Attempts to reach Agustin on Saturday were unsuccessful, and a home phone number could not be located. A diocesan spokesman said Agustin isn't commenting on the allegation.

The church is near Plumb and Kietzke lanes.

Because an investigation is pending, Calvo said further comments from the diocese wouldn't be appropriate.

"Even if the allegations are proven false, suspicion may remain in the minds of some," Calvo said in a statement. "I believe, however, that I had to take this risk, because I do not want to hide this matter from parishioners or to leave anyone in the dark as to the reasons I have taken action.

"In doing so, I am concerned that Fr. Honesto's reputation not be tainted if the allegation is found to be false."


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