Church reports former Osage County priest left country while under investigation

The Leaven, the official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, has reported that a former Osage County priest left his pastoral assignment in February and returned to Kenya amid allegation that he engaged in “misconduct with an adult.”

The newspaper reported in its latest edition that prior to Father Anthony Kiplagat’s departure, the archdiocese had received an allegation that he engaged in misconduct. Before archdiocesan officials informed Kiplagat of the allegation, he unexpectedly left the country. The archdiocese initiated an internal investigation and cooperated with law enforcement, which had also had been contacted by the complainant.

Kiplagat was a priest of the Diocese of Eldoret in Kenya and was on a pastoral assignment in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, where he served St. Patrick parish in Osage City and Scranton.

In a statement published in the Catholic newspaper, the archdiocese said it had completed its internal investigation and determined that Kiplagat had engaged in unprofessional conduct and violated clerical continence.

“Law enforcement is responsible for investigating any criminal allegations made by the complainant; the archdiocese continues to cooperate with law enforcement in their ongoing investigation,” the statement said.

The archdiocese said it had communicated its finding to church authorities in the Diocese of Eldoret, and that it would make no further statements while the case is under investigation by law enforcement.

The St. Patrick churches in Osage City and Scranton are now served by Father Larry Bowers.

Information from The Leaven, Vol. 38, No. 13, Nov. 4, 2016.

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