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B.C. priest accused of sexual misconduct: Vancouver Archdiocese

Last Updated Dec 8, 2020 at 6:08 pm PDT

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A priest has been accused of sexual misconduct with an adult, according to the Vancouver Archdiocese

Archbishop Michael Miller says a number of accusations against Father Nelson Santos were 'well-founded'

Other victims are encouraged to come forward

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — An investigation into a B.C. priest has concluded accusations of sexual misconduct were “well-founded,” according to the Vancouver Archdiocese.

In a letter from Archbishop Michael Miller, he addressed the recent departure of Father Nelson Santos, who had been serving as an assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Delta.

Miller writes that a number of accusations of sexual misconduct with an adult by Santos were “well-founded” as were “related inappropriate behaviour and comments.”

As a result, Nelson isn’t allowed to practice in the Lower Mainland and if he goes elsewhere, the local bishop would be informed of the investigation. Santos also has been instructed against meeting with members of parishes where he served.

“Father Santos’ actions have caused harm to the community,” Miller writes. “For some, they have caused deep suffering and pain. To all those who were harmed in any way, I express my deep sorrow.”

Santos had also spent time at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver.

Miller asks anyone who wishes to report an incident involving Santos to call the independent reporting office at 604-363-7338.