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October 21, 2014, 4:34 pm
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Priest on Leave Called 9-1-1 For Help in Getting Out of Cuffs

A Springfield priest who requested a leave of absence for personal reasons last month did so after making a 9-1-1 call to request help getting out of a pair of handcuffs inside his parish rectory.


The Illinois Times website has audio of the call made by Father Tom Donovan of St. Aloysius parish, in which he told dispatchers that he had been playing with a pair of handcuffs and needed help getting out.


The website also cites sources saying that Donovan may have also been wearing some kind of gag when emergency responders arrived.


The diocese has acknowledged that Donovan has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons, but has declined to say why or to disclose his current whereabouts.

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