Woonsocket, Rhode Island -- A Rhode Island Catholic priest has been defrocked following accusations of sexual abuse.
A spokesman with The Diocese of Providence says Rev. Timothy Gorton is being accused in allegations dating back 30 years.
The Woonsocket Call is reporting Gorton has been ordered to move out of the rectory at Precious Blood Parish.
The Diocese released the following statement Wednesday night:
"The Diocese of Providence takes very seriously allegations of sexual abuse by a member of the Church. When allegations of misconduct by Rev. Timothy Gorton were received by the Diocese, allegations that date from approximately 30 years ago, law enforcement officials were notified immediately. The Diocesan Review Board, a committee comprised of laity and clergy which is charged with reviewing such allegations, thoroughly studied the matter and provided its recommendations to the Diocesan Bishop. As a result of this preliminary study, and in light of persistent health concerns, Fr. Gorton has retired from the active ministry of the priesthood and his faculties to function as a priest have been revoked by the Bishop. In accordance with Church law, the matter will be referred to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome for any further action that might be required."