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Iowa Priest on Leave After Abuse Allegations

Updated: Tuesday, July 1 2014, 08:23 AM CDT
DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The Bishop of the Des Moines Diocese has placed a priest on indefinite leave after finding a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.
The Diocese says Rev. Howard Fitzgerald is on leave while the situation is looked over by the Vatican.
While on leave, Fitzgerald can't function publicly as a priest and cannot wear his religious robes.
The Diocese has apologized to the child but didn't release further details.
Officials say they have notified local law enforcement.
Iowa Priest on Leave After Abuse Allegations


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