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Diocese: Priest removed from Upstate Catholic classroom after disciplinary incident

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Rev. Richard Tomlinson (Source: Catholic Diocese of Charleston) Rev. Richard Tomlinson (Source: Catholic Diocese of Charleston)
Prince of Peace Catholic School (Apr. 25, 2018/FOX Carolina) Prince of Peace Catholic School (Apr. 25, 2018/FOX Carolina)
TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston confirmed on Wednesday that a priest at Prince of Peace Catholic School was removed from teaching.

Rev. Richard Tomlinson is accused of grabbing a student's hand in Latin class during a "disciplinary situation." The diocese said the details of the incident remain under investigation.

The principal of the school removed Tomlinson from the classroom immediately after learning about the situation.

The diocese said Tomlinson is aware his actions violated their Code of Conduct and has since apologized to the student and his parents.

Tomlinson will not return to teaching and will have to take a Safe Environment boundary training class.

According to his biography on the Prince of Peace website, Tomlinson was ordained to the priesthood in November 2009. He served as parochial vicar for Prince of Peace Catholic School from 2011 to 2013, and 2015 to present.

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