SC priest hit with sexual misconduct allegations

Father Hayden Vaverek (Source: WYFF)
Father Hayden Vaverek (Source: WYFF)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Diocese of Charleston has placed a priest on administrative leave after someone made an allegation of sexual misconduct against him.

Church officials said they are cooperating fully with investigators reviewing the allegation against Hayden Vaverek.

Authorities say someone went to police last week and said Vaverek assaulted the person about 15 years ago when Vaverek was pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood. During his career, Vaverek has also served in parishes and schools in Greenville, Simpsonville, Anderson, Greenwood, McCormick, Myrtle Beach, Garden City, Moncks Corner, Bonneau, and Hilton Head Island.

Investigators say Vaverek was in Rome when the allegation was made and has not been interviewed.

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