March 29, 2005

Priest ousted over e-mails


By Shawn Boburg
Staff Writer

The Rev. Michael C. Randone has been fired as chaplain of Central Catholic High School and resigned as pastor of Haverhill's Sacred Hearts Church after it was discovered he was sending private electronic messages to several Central students.

At least one of the messages sent using Randone's on-screen name,
"padreraider," "had some sexual content and was improper and highly inappropriate," school officials said. ...

Randone was warned verbally in 2002 after he took a group of students out to dinner and in writing in 2003 after a student was seen in his car without proper authorization, school officials said. None of the violations the school was able to verify was sexual, but Central Catholic officials, sensitive to the clergy abuse scandal, said they could not guarantee that inappropriate conduct did not take place because the communication was unsupervised.

Posted by kshaw at March 29, 2005 07:29 PM