Officials: No charges against Bishop Foley president

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Gerry LeBoeuf

Authorities will not issue charges against the head of a Madison Heights Catholic high school, who was accused last month of "inappropriate behavior," school officials said.

Fr. Gerry LeBoeuf, president of Bishop Foley Catholic High School, has been exonerated by Madison Heights police, school officials said in a Thursday night statement posted on the school's Facebook page

"The Archdiocese of Detroit has been informed by the Madison Heights Police Department that they have concluded their investigation of a complaint regarding Father Gerry and no criminal charges will be issued," the statement said. "We are most grateful for this resolution."

Police officials confirmed no charges will be filed against the priest.

"The investigation into the complaint has been completed by the MHPD and no evidence has been found to support any criminal charges being sought," they said Friday in a statement. "MHPD has closed its investigation into this matter."   

The news comes about three weeks after the school placed the priest, who is also pastor of Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Clawson, on leaved while an alleged incident with a student was investigated.

At the time, city officials said police were looking into a report of “suspicious circumstances” from a Bishop Foley student.

The youth told authorities about an “incident involving a Bishop Foley priest that was described as inappropriate behavior,” officials said.

Meanwhile, LeBoeuf will not immediately return to work, archdiocese officials said.

"Looking to the future, Fr. LeBoeuf is unable to return at this time to his ministerial responsibilities," Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Arturo Cepeda said in a statement. "The Archdiocese of Detroit has been working with Fr. LeBoeuf on a matter of a personal nature which predates the police investigation. This has nothing to do with the complaint to civil authorities.

"The archdiocese reiterates our full support and commitment to Father LeBoeuf continuing to receive whatever support he needs as he attends to these personal matters," he said.