Things took a turn for the weird when Pastor Tom Donovan had to call the police to release him from the gag and handcuffs he had become trapped in.
The pastor has since taken a leave of absence from the church, after making an excruciatingly polite 911 call that you can listen to here:
Donovan claims that he was playing with the handcuffs when ended up trapped in them. It’s unclear at the moment how the pastor ended up in the handcuffs or why it was that he feared a medical emergency would stem from the issue.
Sources have stated that the police found the pastor wearing some sort of gag, which would explained his muffled voice on the tape.
The church has remained absolutely silent on the matter. Bishop Thomas Paprocky granted Donovan’s request for a leave of a absence just before Christmas.
The diocese is aware of the incident, as indicated by the fact that the attorney for diocese has already been given a copy of the tape. Kathy Sass, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Springfield has also been granted a copy of the police report.
Sass would not disclose any information on Donovan’s whereabouts currently, stating:
“I wouldn’t be able to tell you where Father Donovan is. There’s a matter of privacy there.”
After Bishop Paprocki reviewed the police report when speaking with Donovan, and the police account was in accordance with what the priest told the bishop, he was given his LOA.
What’s your theory on what happened to Pastor Donovan?