Archdiocese of Mobile Confirms Local Priest Faces Sex Abuse Allegations

Fox 10
May 13, 2013

Allegation dates from 1989

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Archdiocese of Mobile confirmed a local priest has been placed on administrative leave following an accusation of sexual abuse.

It said on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 a 34-year-old woman met with the Archdiocesan Director for Child Protection and made an accusation of sexual abuse against Rev. James Havens, who is the priest at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, off Three Notch Road.

According to the Archdiocese of Mobile, the alleged act of sexual abuse of a minor was in 1989 in her family home. It said there was no accusation that any abuse occurred on Church property.

In accord with the Archdiocesan policy for the protection of minors, Rev. Havens was immediately contacted and placed on administrative leave effective May 8. The Archdiocese of Mobile said he may not exercise priestly ministry or live on parish property.

The Archdiocese of Mobile said the accusation has been reported to Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich.

The Archdiocese of Mobile has promised that sexual abuse of minors will not be tolerated and that the Archdiocese will cooperate with civil authorities in these matters.  The Archdiocese of Mobile said this accusation is being handled in accord with these promises.

The Archdiocese of Mobile said this allegation will be as carefully and thoroughly investigated as possible and in cooperation with civil authorities so that the truth may be determined.

St. Vincent de Paul was also the parish of Deacon Robert Nouwen, who pleaded guilty to a child porn charge. He was also removed from ministry.


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