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Youth Apostles priest found not credibly accused of abuse by Fall River Diocese

Updated 11/25/19:

Youth Apostles priest found not credibly accused of abuse by Fall River Diocese

FALL RIVER — The Fall River Diocese has announced today (November 22, 2019) that an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor made against Father Michael F. Kuhn, Y.A., has been found to be unsubstantiated.

The Diocese received the accusation in October 2018 and, in accord with its policies, placed Father Kuhn on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of the accusation.

The incident of sexual misconduct was alleged to have occurred in 1975 in Manassas, Virginia, when Father Kuhn was approximately 18 years old, more than 20 years before he was a priest.

Father Kuhn was ordained as a priest of the Fall River Diocese in 1997 for service in the Youth Apostles Institute and had been ministering under the direction of that community outside of the Diocese, in Virginia and Maryland, since 2004.

 

Manassas City Police were informed of the allegation and declined to prosecute.

The Youth Apostles Institute engaged the services of an investigator in Virginia to investigate the allegation. The information gathered during that investigation was presented to the Fall River Diocese Review Board, and the Review Board determined that, based on the available evidence, a credible allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor had not been made against Father Kuhn. Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., accepted the Diocesan Review Board’s determination.

Following the decision, Bishop da Cunha has restored the priestly faculties –or the authority to minister as a priest- of Father Kuhn. The specifics regarding his return to ministry will be determined by Father Kuhn and leadership of the Youth Apostles Institute.

 

 

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Original post

Oct. 23, 2018

The following announcement from the Catholic Diocese of Fall River, Mass., available at fallriverdiocese.org, was shared with the Diocese of Arlington on Oct. 22, 2018. Father Michael Kuhn, Y.A., served as chaplain at Paul VI Catholic High School from 2004-2008, and as assistant chaplain at Marymount University from 2017 to the present.

Anyone with information regarding this allegation should contact the Manassas City Police Department’s Investigative Services Division at 703/257-8092. The Diocese encourages anyone who knows of any misconduct or abuse on the part of any cleric or employee of the Diocese to notify civil authorities, as well as to reach out to the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 703/ 841-2530.

The diocesan child protection policy is online at arlingtondiocese.org/child-protection/.

 

Fall River priest, Youth Apostle member, placed on leave

Oct. 22, 2018

Fall River -- Father Michael F. Kuhn, Y.A., a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Fall River, Mass., and a member of the Youth Apostles Institute, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct with a minor in approximately 1975. The incident is alleged to have occurred in Manassas, when Father Kuhn was roughly 18 years old, more than 20 years before he was ordained a priest in 1997.

Father Kuhn was ordained as a priest of the Fall River Diocese for service in the Youth Apostles Institute. He currently ministers in Virginia and Maryland.

The Fall River Diocese has been informed that Father Kuhn denies the accusation, and no determination has yet been made regarding its credibility. The decision to restrict Father Kuhn from ministry should not be construed as an implication of guilt but rather as a measure intended to facilitate the investigation.

As a priest in the Fall River Diocese, he served as a parochial vicar at the former St. Mary Church in Seekonk, 1997-2000; and as chaplain at Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, 1997 to 2004. From there, he was assigned as chaplain, Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, 2004-08; director, Youth Apostles Community House, Thurmont, Md., 2009-present; Campus Ministry, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, 2011-16; chaplain, St. John’s Catholic Prep, Frederick, Md., 2016-present; and assistant chaplain, Marymount University, Arlington, Va., 2017-present.

Like all priests, Father Kuhn has undergone criminal background checks during his service.

Anyone who knows of any information that may be related to this case is asked to notify the Manassas City Police Department’s Investigative Services Division at 703/257-8092.

As this difficult situation is addressed, prayers are asked for all who may be affected by these allegations.

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019