Waterford pastor resigns in course of police probe

July 2, 2012 4:37:33 AM PDT
The bishop of the Norwich Diocese says he has accepted the resignation of a pastor who is the subject of a State Police investigation into possible, but unspecified, criminal activity.

The church said Bishop Michael R. Cote told parishioners of St. Paul Parish in Waterford on Sunday that the Rev. Dennis Carey resigned on Friday.

Cote says he and Carey became aware of the investigation on Thursday and that Carey stepped aside to focus on issues that may come up in the probe. Cote said the church is cooperating with authorities, but he provided no details.

Lt. J. Paul Vance, a spokesman for the State Police, said Sunday that a criminal investigation began Thursday. He gave no details.

WFSB-TV reported that police are investigating the discovery of possible child porn at the church.

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