Mass. Priest Faces Abuse Allegations

My Fox Boston
February 22, 2009

Rev. Kenneth LeBlanc

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - The Archdiocese of Boston has placed a priest of its Plymouth church on administrative leave following allegations that he sexually abused a minor about 30 years ago.

The archdiocese said on Sunday that it has launched a preliminary investigation into the complaint against Rev. Kenneth LeBlanc, pastor of St. Peter's Church.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley expressed his sadness over the allegation, saying the priest will remain on leave pending the outcome of the initial probe.

The archdiocese says the decision to place him on administrative is proof of its commitment to the safety of all involved in the matter and does not indicate that LeBlanc is guilty.

The Archdiocese says it plans to resolve the case quickly and in a manner that is fair to all.

Details of the complaint were not released.


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