A Catholic priest who served in Fort Myers in the mid-1990s is accused of sexually abusing a minor during his tenure here.
In a statement read to the congregation at Masses throughout the weekend, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of the Diocese of
Venice informed parishioners at St. Frances Xavier Catholic Church that the Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph, who for a time led the Haitian ministries there, is being investigated for allegations of sexual misconduct.
According to Dewane’s letter, read by the bishop himself at earlier Masses at the Heitman Street church and repeated at the Sunday evening Mass, the alleged abuse occurred in 1993 and involved Joseph and a person who at the time was a minor.
The letter did not specify the age or gender of the minor, nor did it give any specifics on the allegations.
“Father Joseph denies all allegations,” Dewane’s statement said. “He stre
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