Diocese: Ex-bishop used sexual innuendo toward subordinates

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of West Virginia’s Roman Catholic diocese says an investigation into a former bishop found a consistent pattern of sexual innuendo and suggestive comments and actions toward subordinates.

Archbishop William Lori of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese on Wednesday released the results of an investigation into claims against ex-Bishop Michael Bransfield , who resigned last year.

Lori says an investigation team determined that the accusations against Bishop Bransfield are credible. It found no conclusive evidence of sexual misconduct by Bransfield involving minors.

Lori says the investigation determined Bransfield also misused church funds for his own benefit, including to pay for expensive renovations to his private residences in Wheeling and Charleston, and his intended retirement residence.

No one responded to a telephone message left at a phone number listed for Bransfield.

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