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Youth apostle, Diocese of Fall River priest placed on leave over allegations

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According to the Fall River Diocese, Father Michael F. Kuhn, Y.A., a priest of the Diocese of Fall River and 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, Virginia, 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 Parish in Seekonk, 1997 to 2000; and as chaplain at Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, 1997 to 2004. From there, he was assigned as chaplain, Paul VI High School Fairfax, Va., 2004-2008; director, Youth Apostles Community House, Thurmont, Md., 2009-; Campus Ministry, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., 2011-2016; chaplain, St. John’s Catholic Prep, Frederick, Md., 2016-; and assistant chaplain, Marymount University, Arlington, Va., 2017-.

According to the Diocese, 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.

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