Fr. Patrick Leonard – Diocese of Charlotte

| Mar 2, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Patrick Leonard

Diocese of Charlotte (Augustinian Friars)

Ordained: 1996

Removed: 2003

Known Assignments:

  • St. John Neumann Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Patrick Leonard:

Father Patrick Leonard was ordained an Augustinian priest in 1996, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in September 2003, Father Leonard was removed from his assignment at St. John Neumann parish after his religious order received a credible allegation that Father Leonard sexually abused a minor in 1998, before being assigned to ministry in North Carolina. The 1,800 families at St. John Neumann were not told for more than five months, until March 2004 as to why the priest left, because “the (alleged) victim wanted it to be held confidential.”

The Diocese of Charlotte reported that it had never received any allegations of Father Leonard being inappropriate with minors during his time in Charlotte. It did say, however, that an adult woman complained that Leonard spoke to her a in “lewd” manner.

Leonard’s current whereabouts are unknown.  He remains permanently out of ministry.

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