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Charlotte Co. priest arrested on multiple counts of capital sexual battery

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Posted at 6:29 PM, Apr 24, 2024

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says a priest has been arrested on multiple counts of capital sexual battery connected to his past work in Iowa.

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The sheriff's office says its Major Case Unit worked with the Dubuque Police Department in Iowa to arrest 68-year-old Leo Patrick Riley at his Port Charlotte home on Wednesday.

Deputies say the Dubuque Police Department developed probable cause for five counts of capital sexual battery within their jurisdiction.

CCSO says Riley was a past priest at the Resurrection Church in Dubuque.

In Charlotte County, deputies say he was a Priest at Saint Charles Borromeo in Port Charlotte in the early 2000’s, and is currently assigned to San Antonio Catholic Church, which is also in Port Charlotte.

Despite the arrest, the investigation isn't over.

"It is likely there are more victims," said Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell. "I encourage them to come forward so that we can make sure this type of heinous thing does not happen to anyone else here."

The sheriff's office encourages anyone who may have information on this case to reach out to the non-emergency line at 941-639-2101.