Former St. Albert's Student Alleges Abuse by Priest

February 2, 2007

Des Moines, Iowa -- The Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines has placed a priest on leave amid allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.

Bishop Joseph L. Charron put the Rev. Phillip Hobt on leave, making him unable to function publicly as a priest. The allegation was made by a former student at St. Albert Catholic Schools, where Hobt began working in 1995, according to a news release.

The allegation currently rests with the Diocesan Allegation Review Committee, the release said.


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