Diocese of Charleston pastor faces sexual misconduct allegations

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A spokeswoman with the Diocese of Charleston says a pastor has been placed on administrative leave amidst allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.

The allegations against father Hayden Vaverek date back more than 15 years to his time as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood.

The Diocese says it is their policy to relieve Vaverek of his priestly facilities duing the investigation.

Father Vaverek has served in several parishes and schools in South Carolina, including nearby Moncks Corner.{}

The Diocese encourages all victims and those who have knowledge of any sexual misconduct to contact authorities.{}

To receive help and guidance from the diocese, contact Sister Sandra Makowski at the Chancery of Charleston at (843) 853-2130 ext. 209.