A priest who once worked at Loyola University Maryland has been removed from his ministry duties in Pennsylvania after allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with two minors surfaced.
According to the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, the Rev. Louis Bonacci was involved in touching a minor at a Howard County residence while working as Loyola's assistant director of ministry from 1978 to 1982. He left there to become the Catholic campus minister at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and subsequently held similar positions at three other colleges.
Bonacci was working as the coordinator of spiritual direction for priests and deacons in Scranton, Pa., when he was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Maryland Province Review Board, according to its spokeswoman, Susan Gibbs. The Rev. James Shea, who permanently removed Bonacci from all ministry duties after the investigation, couldn't be reached for comment.
During an investigation by the Maryland Province Review Board, a second victim alleged similar sexual contact as a minor with Bonacci in Howard County, Gibbs said. The board reported the allegation to county police but was told that a police investigation could not be opened until at least one of the victims comes forward, she said.
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