The longtime pastor of a Lancaster Roman Catholic church has been placed on leave while an investigation into a 40-year-old allegation of sexual misconduct involving a child is conducted.
Worcester Bishop Robert McManus announced to parishioners at Immaculate Conception on Sunday that the Rev. Edward Lettic had been placed on leave because of "a credible allegation of misconduct."
Lettic has been pastor of Immaculate Conception since 1993 and has served as a priest in the diocese since he was ordained in 1973. McManus says it is the first allegation of misconduct against Lettic.
Lettic has also worked at churches in Worcester, Douglas and Auburn.
The Worcester district attorney's office is reviewing the allegation.
No one answered the phone at the church and Lettic could not be reached.