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The pastor of the largest Catholic parish in Bridgeport, Conn., has resigned the priesthood rather than undergo treatment.

The Rev. Frank Gomez had been put on leave from St. Charles Borromeo Church amid accusations that he texted children and gave them gifts without their parents’ knowledge.

The article goes on to state the following:

While the text messages were not sexual, their frequency landed Gomez in hot water amid revelations of child abuse committed by Catholic priests.

Officials from the Diocese of Bridgeport said he made physical contact that was not sexual but made people “uncomfortable.”

The diocese said Gomez had refused unspecified “treatment and assessment” at a Canadian facility and chose instead to quit being a priest.

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