Harrisburg, Pa., Sep 10, 2018 / 15:28 pm
An allegation of misconduct has been filed against Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend and is being investigated by the district attorney's office. The nature of the alleged misconduct is not clear.
"Bishop 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," the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend said.
According to PennLive, the Harrisburg diocese – where Rhoades served as bishop from 2004-2009 – reported the allegation to the office of District Attorney Fran Chardo and to the child protective services program, PA ChildLine.
The district attorney said the accuser, who died in 1996, was a male and about 18 years old when the alleged incident occurred. He said there is no first-hand account of the incident, but that the report received by his office "alleged that they perceived the relationship as odd" but "did not witness any inappropriate conduct."