The Washington Post
Wednesday, April 18, 3:13 PM
By Michelle Boorstein,
The priest who until last year headed the Arlington Catholic diocese’s office responsible for protecting children from sexual abuse was placed on administrative leave Wednesday while he is investigated for alleged sexual misconduct with a youth.
Specht has been pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Annandale since 2007 .
“The investigation is in its initial phase, and no final determination has yet been made regarding the allegation,” said a statement from the diocese, adding that officials were working with the Fairfax County police. The statement said the diocese has received no other allegations of misconduct against the priest.
“Any allegation of abuse deepens the pain felt by all Catholics, and particularly survivors of abuse. We are committed to full cooperation with law enforcement regarding this allegation, and I have directed an independent investigator to review the actions and decisions made by Father Specht during his tenure as Director of Child Protection,” said Arlington’s bishop, Paul Loverde.