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Archdiocese still investigating complaint involving Father Wayne Dohey

A St. John’s priest suspended earlier this year over an allegation of wrongdoing will not face criminal charges.

St. Patrick’s Church parish priest Father Wayne Dohey speaks at an event in 2010 announcing federal government funding to support the restoration of stone masonry at the historic St. John’s church. — Telegram file photo

According to a spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. John’s, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has concluded its investigation into a complaint concerning Father Wayne Dohey and determined no charges will be laid.

Dohey was removed from his position as parish priest at St. Patrick’s Parish in March and suspended from all ministerial duties while the archdiocese conducted its own investigation. The spokeswoman said it is not known at this time when that investigation will conclude and confirmed Dohey remains suspended.

No information has been disclosed about the nature of the allegation, but the archdiocese previously stated it does not relate to a criminal matter now before the courts concerning the alleged embezzlement of funds at the same parish.

Organizations: Roman Catholic Diocese

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