SC priest faces sexual misconduct charge

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A catholic priest who once served in Myrtle Beach faces an allegation of sexual misconduct of a minor, according to a news release from The Diocese of Charleston on Sunday afternoon.

The reported allegation indicated the misconduct took place more than 15 years ago when Father Hayden Vaverek was a pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood, SC. The diocese says no parishioners of that parish were involved in the reported allegation.

Father Vaverek served at several parishes and schools in South Carolina including Myrtle Beach, Garden City, Greenwood, Greenville, Simpsonville, Anderson, McCormick, Moncks Corner, Bonneau and Hilton Head Island.

Law enforcement authorities have been notified of the allegation, according to diocesan officials. Father Vaverek has been placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties withdrawn.

The Diocese of Charleston encourages all victims and anyone with knowledge of sexual misconduct to contact their local authorities.  They are also offering counseling services.

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