Monsignor leaves parish after allegation of sexual misconduct
With Reporting By Abbey Niezgoda
A Rev. Monsignor at a Woonsocket church has been placed on administrative leave after a credible allegation of sexual misconduct of a minor has surfaced.
According to the Providence Catholic Diocese, Rev. Monsignor John Allard of St. Agatha and Precious Blood Parishes took responsibility for his actions and expressed his remorse for the harm he caused.
Allard has vacated the rectory and will now reside at a private residence.
"Allegations of abuse, even if they occurred many years ago, are taken very seriously and acted upon in accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and diocesan policy," said Bishop Thomas Tobin. "For the many who are affected by this heartbreaking news, I offer my prayers for healing and forgiveness."
Tobin has appointed Rev. Wilfred Gregoire a senior priest at St. Agatha to take his place as the temporary administrator of the parishes.
State Police got involved after the Catholic Diocese handed over a letter outlining the allegations. The man claims it happened when he was a parishioner and Allard was a priest at a church in Cranston. He tells police he does not plan on pressing charges.