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Philadelphia Priest On Administrative Leave After Alleged Sex Assault Decades Ago

By Dan Wing

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has placed a local priest on administrative leave after allegations arose earlier this month that he sexually assaulted a minor over 40-years ago.

Since being ordained in 1964, 74-year old Reverend James Collins served at a number of area parishes and churches. He was working at Roman Catholic High School for boys around the time of the alleged assault. Subsequently, Collins was also on the faculty at Holy Family University until retiring earlier this year.

The Archdiocese made an announcement this weekend at Saint Martha Parish, where Collins was staying, however he did not have any formal duties at the parish, and did not assist in Masses, or make any known visits to the school there.

The allegation against Father Collins will be reviewed by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

In the meantime, Collins will not be allowed to conduct public ministry, or identify himself as a Priest.

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