Diocese of Bridgeport: Retired priest on leave over ‘credible’ abuse evidence

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The Diocese of Bridgeport says a retired Trumbull priest has been placed on administrative leave after “credible” evidence that he abused a child surfaced.

The Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Review Board ruled that there is credible evidence of sexual abuse of a minor 35 years ago by Father Stephen Gleeson.

Gleeson retired in 2013 after nearly 50 years as a priest.  He was most recently a pastor at St. Stephen Parish in Trumbull.

The former priest is no longer allowed to exercise public ministry.

The diocese first became of aware of the accusation in 2002, but says it had insufficient information at the time.

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