ID Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Stripped of Duties

December 13, 2010

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest from Idaho who was accused of sexually abusing a minor in the 1980s has been sanctioned and can no longer serve as a priest .

The sanctions approved by Pope Benedict XVI involve Rev. William R. Gould, who most recently was assigned to a parish in Post Falls.

Gould was placed on administrative leave in May by Bishop Michael Driscoll amid allegations that he engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with a male under 18. An investigation followed and results were sent to the Vatican.

On Monday, Gould was barred from taking part in any ministry activities within the church and lost his ability to function as a priest.

The allegations date back 29 years ago when Gould was assigned to a parish in Idaho Falls.


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