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Diocesan priest pleads in Salisbury case Father Farwell receives 18 months, fine SALISBURY — Father Richard Farwell, a priest of the Diocese of Charlotte, pleaded no contest to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Rowan County Superior Court Nov. 2. Father Farwell had been charged in 2002 with taking indecent liberties with a minor 19 years ago. The original charge, a felony, was reduced to a misdemeanor this week. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation and fined $1,200. Father Farwell has not served in ministry in the Diocese of Charlotte since 1998. In accord with the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” Father Farwell was removed from ministry when allegations of misconduct were made in 2002. Upon learning of the allegations, the Diocese of Charlotte placed him on administrative leave, removed

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his faculties as a priest and turned the matter over to civil authorities for investigation. Removal of faculties prohibits a priest from celebrating Mass in public and from wearing clerical garb. With the completion of the civil investigation, the diocesan Review Board will now review the matter. The board will make a confidential recommendation to Bishop Peter J. Jugis, who will then make a final determination regarding Father Farwell’s status as a priest of the diocese. Father Farwell was ordained in 1981. He served at parishes in Charlotte, Salisbury and Lincolnton and was working for the Florida-based Food for the Poor organization in 2002 when the charges were filed.

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