Diocese Priest Volunteers to Leave Priesthood

April 17, 2007

Rev. Phillip Hobt

Des Moines, Iowa — A priest with the Des Moines Diocese has voluntarily taken steps to leave the priesthood.

The Rev. Phillip Hobt, who most recently served at St. Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs, was put on leave Feb. 1 by Bishop Joseph L. Charron, according to a news release.

The move comes after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. A Diocese committee found that the allegation was credible, the release said.

The Diocese will continue the process to allow Hobt to leave the priesthood. No charges have been filed by law enforcement authorities.

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