Diocese withdraws offer to house priest at retirement home
PIEDMONT, S.D. (AP) — The Diocese of Rapid City has withdrawn an offer to house a priest accused of child sexual abuse at a priest retirement home.
Some parents in Piedmont objected to the possible release of 38-year-old John Praveen to the diocese’s supervision at Casa Maria, a property in Piedmont for retired priests. Community members were upset that the retirement home is near a school and church.
But the Rapid City Journal reports the diocese said in a news release Friday that the retirement home has been removed as an option because of community concerns.
Praveen was charged last month with sexually abusing a 13-year-old child. The priest formerly served with the Rapid City diocese.
Prosecutors last week objected to the release and asked the judge to continue Praveen’s $100,000 bond.
Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com