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Diocese removes priest who admits to sexual contact with a minor

Father Christopher Mould, pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton, freely admitted to Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on Oct. 15 that he had sexual contact with a minor on one occasion during the years he was parochial vicar at St. Thomas à Becket Church in Reston (1992-1995). Upon receiving this news, in accordance with Diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Diocese reported this admission to the Fairfax County Police who are now investigating this matter.

Bishop Burbidge has accepted Father Mould’s resignation as pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle. Father Mould currently holds no ecclesiastical office and he is not permitted to exercise priestly ministry. 

In accordance with Diocesan policy, Bishop Burbidge immediately made arrangements for Father Mould to leave the rectory at St. Andrew the Apostle that same day and to take up residence at a place where he would not be in contact with any minor near a church or school property. The Diocese of Arlington has committed its full cooperation with law enforcement in any investigation they pursue. It is important to note that prior to his recent admission of guilt, the Diocese of Arlington has never received a complaint of sexual abuse or misconduct against Father Mould.

If anyone has information on this particular case, you are asked to contact the Fairfax County Police directly at 703/246-7800 to speak to detectives. The Diocese encourages anyone who knows of any misconduct or abuse on the part of any cleric or employee of the Diocese to report it to the Virginia Attorney General hotline (VirginiaClergyHotline.com) and local police and to contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 703/841-2530.

 

 

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