In November 2018, the Diocese of Buffalo released a statement concerning allegations of the sexual abuse of minors by Rev. Michael P. Juran, placing him on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Father Juran is a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, who resides within the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He served as Parochial Vicar of St. Stephen Parish from 2006 to 2011 but has not possessed the faculties of the Diocese of St. Petersburg since 2011.
Recently, Bishop Richard Malone informed the Diocese of St. Petersburg that an investigation has been completed and presented to the Review Board for the Diocese of Buffalo. He has determined that the allegation has been substantiated and that Father Juran will remain on administrative leave while the results of the investigation are reviewed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in Rome. Parishioners of St. Stephen Parish received notification about Father Juran the weekend of June 8-9, 2019.
Victims of abuse are encouraged to report crimes to local law enforcement and the Florida Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline at (800) 962-2873. They may also wish to contact Mr. John Lambert, the diocesan Victim Assistance Minister at (866) 407-4505 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.