Priest removed from Fall River parish for alleged sexual misconduct

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FALL RIVER, MASS (WLNE) – It was announced on Sunday that Father Bruce Neylon, a priest at the Holy Trinity Parish in Fall River was removed from the parish in the city. 

A statement from the diocese says that Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, made the decisions to removed Father Neylon after an investigation into an allegation from an individual who said that Father Neylon had sexual contact with him on numerous occasions in the early 1980s, when the complainant was approximately 14 or 15 years old.

According to the statement, the diocese engaged the services of a former Massachusetts State Trooper to conduct and independent investigation. 

After the allegation was found to be credible at the conclusion of the investigation, the diocese warranted the removal of Father Neylon.

Both diocesan policy and the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People require that the accused cleric be removed from the ministry. 

Bishop da Cunha said “I know this is distressing information, first and foremost to Holy Trinity Parish, but also to the wider diocesan community of faith, and I want to assure all that my prayers are with them At the same time, I wish to extend my prayers to the individual who came forward and to all survivors who have endured abuse.” 

According the communications department of the Fall River Diocese, Bishop da Cunha has asked one of the diocese retired priest to temporarily take over Holy Trinity until a replacement is found 

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