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Post Falls Priest Put On Leave 3 Times

Item: Post Falls priest priest has been on leave three times: William R. Gould's leaves stemmed from sexual conduct allegations/Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman

More Info: Besides the most recent leave, Gould requested leave in 2005 after questions of sexual misconduct arose involving an adult, according to a Statesman story at the time. The allegation was substantiated, church officials said. Gould was returned to the church in Post Falls in 2006, according to diocese officials. Gould also was placed on leave in 1989 after an allegation involving an adult while he was at Twin Falls. Tod Brown, Idaho bishop in 1989, placed Gould on administrative leave and sent him to a treatment facility, according to a statement from the diocese.

Question: It seems to me that the Catholic Church should have a one-strike-and-you're out policy with priests involved in sexual misconduct. What do you think?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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