Allegation of misconduct against Bishop Kevin Rhoades surfaces

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An accusation of misconduct has surfaced against Bishop Kevin Rhoades. The accusation stems back to his time spent as a priest with the diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 

Newschannel 15 obtained the following statement from the diocese of Harrisburg:

“We can confirm that we recently received an allegation of misconduct against former Bishop of Harrisburg Kevin Rhoades relating to his service as a priest within the Diocese. We immediately referred the matter to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office and PA ChildLine per state law and Diocesan policy. We would stress that this is an allegation. We will have no further comment until the investigation of the Office of the District Attorney is concluded.”

                                                                             – Mike Barley, Spokesman for the Harrisburg Diocese

 According to the Associated Press, Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo told PennLive.com his office received the report last month. Rhoades hasn’t been charged.
 
According to Chardo, the male victim was around 18-years-old when the incident happened. Chardo says the victim died in 1996.
 
Rhoades began with the Harrisburg Diocese in 1983. He served as bishop from 2004 to 2009. Rhoades was named bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese in Jan. 2010.
 
Newschannel 15 reached out ot the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and received the following statement:

“Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades adamantly denies any validity to this accusation and the insinuation of inappropriate behavior.  He did nothing wrong, and is confident any investigation will bear this out.”

This is a developing story. Check back for the latest details. 

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