CNA Staff, Feb 9, 2024 / 16:30 pm
A Florida diocese has placed a prominent priest on leave amid claims of sexual misconduct with a minor that allegedly occurred years ago.
Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, said in a letter to parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish in Punta Gorda that the diocese had “received notification from a law firm of an allegation of sexual misconduct by Rev. Jerome Kaywell with someone who was a minor at the time.”
The incident in question “allegedly occurred in the winter of 2013/2014,” Dewane wrote in the letter.
The bishop said that upon learning of the allegation he “placed Father Kaywell on administrative leave pending a preliminary investigation,” per diocesan policy.