FARMINGTON, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Archdiocese of Detroit has announced that it has placed senior priest Fr. Loren O'Dea on an administrative leave of absence.
The Archdioceses say the action comes because of two substantive allegations of sexual misconduct with minors. The Archdiocese says the incidents related to the allegation date from just prior to Fr. O'Dea's ordination.
The 83-year-old Fr. O'Dea was ordained in 1993. He served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington. He was awarded senior status in 1997. That is the equivalent of a retirement position.
In addition to the leave of absence, Fr. O'Dea has been restricted from performing any public ministry.
The Archdiocese says the allegations surfaced in recent weeks. The case has been turned over to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office for further investigation.