Diocese of Erie places monsignor on leave for sexual abuse allegations

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ERIE, Pa. (WKBN) – The Diocese of Erie announced on Saturday that a monsignor was removed from active ministry after sexual abuse allegations surfaced involving a minor. 

Monsignor Charles Kaza is the pastor of St. Tobias Parish in Brockway, Pennsylvania and president of the DuBois Central Catholic School Board. 

According to a press release, the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General sent the allegations against Kaza to the Diocese of Erie. 

While the allegations are being investigated, Kaza was placed on administrative leave, which went into effect May 13. 

The release said the alleged abuse happened while Kaza was serving at St. John the Baptist Parish during the 80’s. 

If anyone has information regarding the case, call the Pennsylvania Attorney General at 1-888-538-8541 or email K&L Gates at ErieRC@klgates.com.

In a statement, the Diocese of Erie said:

“Pastoral care and compassion for victims, as well as the protection of children and vulnerable adults, is a top priority of the Diocese of Erie. The diocese encourages anyone who has experienced sexual abuse or misconduct by a member of the clergy or any employee or volunteer of the church, to contact law enforcement.”

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