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Priest put on leave, accused of sexual misconduct

Wednesday - 4/18/2012, 3:41pm  ET

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A Catholic priest from Fairfax County who served as director of his diocese's Office of Child Protection and Safety has been placed on leave after he was accused of sexual misconduct in the 1990s involving an underage boy.

The Diocese of Arlington says the priest, Rev. Terry Specht, denies the allegation. Specht has been pastor at Holy Spirit Church in Annandale since 2007. He also served as chaplain and assistant principal at Paul VI Catholic High School from 2000 to 2004. He was director of the child-protection office from 2004 through 2011.

The diocese has notified Fairfax County police, which is investigating. Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said no charges have been filed yet and that individuals with relevant information should contact police.

The diocese is also investigating.


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