The Diocese of Arlington announced Friday that it had placed Father Ronald S. Escalante, the pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Church in Purcellville, on administrative leave pending an investigation of alleged abuses involving a minor and adults.
The allegations were reported to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 21.
According to the diocese, Escalante is suspected of violating the Code of Conduct for Clergy concerning interactions with children and young people. Escalante has denied the accusations.
Escalante has served in the diocese in a variety of locations since 1994. He was named parochial administrator at Saint Francis de Sales in 2009 and has been pastor there since 2012.
The diocese is asking that anyone who knows of any misconduct or abuse on the part of any of its clerics or employees to report it to the Virginia Attorney General hotline, virginiaclergyhotline.com, and the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 703-841-2530. The diocesan child protection policy is online at arlingtondiocese.org