Diocese of Des Moines Investigating Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct

By Philip Joens
Des Moines Register
March 18, 2020

A Catholic priest has been placed on administrative leave by the Diocese of Des Moines after allegations of sexual misconduct in the 1990s surfaced.

The Rev. Robert “Bud” Grant was placed on leave March 4, the diocese said Wednesday morning. A complaint about sexual misconduct was made to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office last fall, the diocese said. The complaint involves an incident that allegedly occurred in the early 1990s, according to the diocese.

Law enforcement agencies in Scott, Polk and Pottawattamie counties also were notified, the diocese said. Diocesan officials were first made aware of the complaint Feb. 27. An investigation was then opened by Diocese of Des Moines Bishop William Joensen. While on leave, Grant is restricted from all public priestly ministry.








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