FORT KENT — Attorneys for a northern Maine priest say a criminal investigation leading to his voluntary leave of absence has nothing to do with allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland announced this week that the Rev. James Nadeau had taken a leave pending results of an investigation launched by the Maine Attorney General’s Office. Neither the diocese nor the Attorney General’s Office would disclose the nature of the investigation

The Bangor Daily News reported that two attorneys released a statement Friday saying the investigation does not involve allegations of sexual impropriety. But the attorneys would not disclose what the investigation is about.

Nadeau has been at the St. John Vianney Parish in Fort Kent for the past seven years

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