Retired priest facing charges
By SEAN SAURO, July 29, 2017, Altoona Mirror
Cain, who has ties to SFU, accused of misconduct with teen
A retired Catholic priest with ties to Saint Francis University turned himself in to police Wednesday in Fairfax County, Va., where he is accused of having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old girl.
Gervase Cain, 86, a retired priest living in Loretto, has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child for an alleged 2003 incident.
In 2003, Cain — then 72 years old — allegedly touched a 15-year-old girl inappropriately during a “consultation” at her Fairfax home, according to a Fairfax County Police news release.
The incident was first reported to police in 2004, but the complaint was later withdrawn, police said.
The case was reopened this May, and a warrant for Cain’s arrest was issued on July 17. Cain turned himself in Wednesday, according to police.
On Friday, a man answering phones at the Saint Francis Friary in Loretto said Cain is affiliated with the local Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular.
However, he said additional information would . . .
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