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Cuffed: Compromising incident leads to leave of absence for Springfield priest
Look at it this way: your 2013 can’t be off to as bad a start as Father Tom Donovan of St. Aloysius in Springfield. The priest has taken a leave of absence after a late-November incident in which he had to call 911 for assistance in getting out of a pair of handcuffs while in the rectory. Church officials aren’t saying anything other than Donovan’s leave started sometime before Christmas and asked the diocese for help.
Kathie Sass, spokeswoman for the Diocese of Springfield, said, “He came to the bishop before anyone was aware of the incident. He came to the bishop and asked for help and was granted leave.” No word on what “help” means in this case or how Donovan came to get stuck in the cuffs, though Sass says what Donovan told church officials matches the police report. Still, in the 911 call, embedded below, Donovan implies it was all an accident; as the Illinois Times notes, though, a source told the paper that a gag was also found on the priest when responders arrived for the assist.
From The Illinois Times:
“I’m going to need help getting out before this becomes a medical emergency,” Father Tom Donovan told a dispatcher who sounds a bit incredulous during the Nov. 28 call.
“You’re stuck in a pair of handcuffs?” the dispatcher asks.
“(I was) playing with them and I need help getting out,” Donovan responds.
Church officials refused to comment on Donovan’s current whereabouts.