Monsignor resigns from Catholic diocese amid sex allegation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Catholic diocese official has stepped down after what the diocese calls a “credible allegation” of sexual misconduct.

The Diocese of Charlotte announced Thursday that Monsignor Mauricio West stepped down effective March 25. A statement from the diocese says the allegation involves multiple instances of unwanted overtures toward an adult student at Belmont Abbey College, where West was vice president of student affairs in the mid-1980s.

West has denied the allegation. He had served as the diocese’s vicar general and chancellor.

Bishop Peter J. Jugis says West will remain a priest but be on a leave of absence during a period of counseling and assessment.

Belmont Abbey College Chancellor Placid Solari issued a statement saying school officials have apologized to the victim personally.

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