Pawtucket Priest Accused of Sex Abuse
Diocese Says Priest Has Resigned Amid

By Nancy Krause
August 24, 2009

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) - A priest from a Roman Catholic Church in Pawtucket resigned as pastor amid allegations of sexually abusing a minor more than 20 years ago, the Providence Diocese confirmed Monday.

Under the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Father Kevin R. Fisette, of St. Leo the Great on Central Ave., has also been placed on administrative leave as a result of the "credible allegation," church officials said.

"I am saddened by this unfortunate news, however, the Diocese of Providence takes seriously this allegation," said The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence. "I offer my prayers and support for the individual who came forward with this allegation and his family during this time, Father Kevin Fisette and his family as well as the faithful of St. Leo the Great."

The Diocesan officials said they notified authorities in March when the allegations first surfaced.

The Diocese issued the following statement:

"Upon hearing of this allegation, the diocese promptly reported the information to law enforcement authorities who were responsible for an investigated the matter. The diocese fully complied with any requests made by the State Police throughout the investigation."

Parishioners of St. Leo's were notified about the allegations during Sunday Mass.

Bishop Tobin will soon appoint an administrator for the church. He also plans on celebrating Mass with the parish in the near future, in an effort to provide members with spiritual support.

The Diocese of Providence urges anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse or with credible knowledge of such abuse by any member of the Church to report the information to local law enforcement or the Diocesan Office of Education and Compliance at 401-941-0760.


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