Baton Rouge Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Bishop Says

Daily Comet
April 16, 2010

BATON ROUGE The Diocese of Baton Rouge is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against one of its priests, Bishop Robert W. Muench announced Friday.

Muench said the allegations were filed against the Rev. Tom Duhe, pastor of St. Thomas More in Baton Rouge. The complaint was brought to the diocese on Tuesday.

"The person bringing the charge, who has asked that his identity remain private, alleges the misconduct occurred over a decade ago, when he was between 12 and 15 years old," Muench said. "This is the only such complaint the diocese has ever received about Father Duhe."

A task force, composed of three lay persons, found the allegations merited further investigation. The subsequent probe will be handled by an independent review board, which will then submit recommendations to Muench.

Duhe has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, the bishop said.

Muench said he's also advised the alleged victim's representative to contact Baton Rouge police or the parish sheriff's office.

The Rev. Chris Decker, parochial vicar at St. Thomas More, has been appointed to temporarily administer the parish while the investigation is ongoing.

Telephone messages for Tom and Thomas Duhe in the Baton Rouge area were not immediately returned Friday.


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