FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Bishop Kevin Rhoades with the Fort Wayne- South Bend Diocese was exonerated following an investigation by the Dauphin County District Attorney.
The investigation came after allegations were made against Rhoades from his time in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The relationship in question was, "in context of pastoral care and arose out of the recognized tradition of prison ministry," according to the DA.
The District Attorney told the Fort Wayne- South Bend Diocese in a statement, "After a full investigation, the Dauphin County District Attorney has determined that there is no basis to conclude that Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades ever engaged in a criminal or otherwise improper relationship."
The Diocese said in an email while it's important that allegations be brought forward, it's equally important for due process to take place.
They also said, "The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend stands firm in sympathy and support for all victims of child sexual abuse and encourages victims to report allegations. Bishop Rhoades expresses his gratitude for the support he has received from parishioners during the past week. He states, 'I have offered up the pain of this difficult time for the victim survivors of child sexual abuse.'"
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