Connecticut Priest Resigns After Violating Policy On Children

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August 24, 2018 - 10:35 am

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTIC and AP) - The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in Bridgeport who had been placed on leave for violating church policies on contact with children, has now resigned, officials said in a statement Friday.

Rev. Frank Gomez of St. Charles Borromeo Church was removed earlier this week, after church officials say he texted minors over a significant period of time and gave them gifts without the knowledge or consent of their parents. The diocese says Gomez also engaged in "some physical interaction that, while not sexual in nature, made both the minors and adults present uncomfortable."

A diocese spokesman says there are no allegations that Gomez abused children or did anything "immoral or illegal."

Bishop Frank Caggiano says Gomez refused to seek treatment at a facility in Canada for clergy with addiction and mental health issues.

Gomez was ordained in 2009 and has been pastor at St. Charles Borromeo since 2015. He did not respond to an email request for comment.

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