Student complaint sparks probe of Bishop Foley leader

The Detroit News

The head of a Madison Heights Catholic high school is on leave pending a probe into an alleged incident with a student, officials announced Friday.

Madison Heights authorities fielded a “suspicious circumstances” police report from a Bishop Foley student at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, the city said in a statement.

The youth, who was accompanied by a parent and school staffer, informed them about an “incident involving a Bishop Foley priest that was described as inappropriate behavior,” the release read.

Police are investigating the complaint but did not release additional information, including the priest’s name.

An Archdiocese of Detroit official later identified the subject as Bishop Foley school president Fr. Gerry LeBoeuf, who also serves as pastor at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Clawson.

“School, parish, and archdiocesan officials are cooperating fully with this process,” The Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, wrote in a letter to parents. “For his part, Fr. LeBoeuf has also pledged to cooperate fully with the authorities and the archdiocese. He has been placed on administrative leave and is restricted from public ministry until this matter is resolved. As this is an active investigation, no further details will be shared at this time.”

Monsignor Timothy Hogan has been appointed temporary administrator of Guardian Angels Parish, while Kevin Kijewski, superintendent of schools, is serving as interim president at Bishop Foley, Cepeda wrote.