High School Chaplain Accused of Sexual Misconduct

By Joseph Kelleher
July 7, 2010


The Diocese of Charlotte is investigating the chaplain at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School after a young person accused the chaplain of sexual misconduct, according to a news release.

The Rev. Joseph Kelleher has been placed on administrative leave as a result of the accusation, which concerns an incident that the accuser said happened years ago in Albemarle, N.C.

In accord with diocesan policy, Kelleher was placed on administrative leave pending a further investigation.

In a news release the Diocese said it is cooperating fully with the investigation by the authorities.

The Review Board of the Diocese of Charlotte said it is also conducting its own investigation of the allegation.

The news released also said The Diocese of Charlotte has a commitment to providing a safe environment for all people, especially the young and vulnerable. In 2002, the U.S. bishops issued the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People." The charter addresses the Catholic Church's commitment to respond effectively, appropriately and compassionately to cases of abuse of young people by priests, deacons or other church personnel.

The policy of the Diocese of Charlotte Concerning Ministry-Related Sexual Misconduct by Church Personnel can be reviewed on the diocesan website


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