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Broad Brook priest investigated for abusing minor

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Several agencies are investigating allegations of sexual abuse of a minor involving Fr. Paul Gotta, the same priest connected to an investigation into an alleged threat against a school by a local teenager.

Gotta, administrator of St. Phillip in East Windsor and St. Catherine in Broad Brook, has been placed on administrative pending the outcome of an police investigation.

"The Archdiocese of Hartford was surprised and disturbed to learn that such an allegation has been made," Maria Zone, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Hartford, said in a statement.

Gotta, who has not been charged, has been connected to a teenager who allegedly made threats against the Metropolitan Learning Center in Bloomfield.

The teenager, identified as 18-year-old Kyle Bass, denies the allegations, but according to court documents, Gotta said Bass told him, "You should bring your gun with you when you walk your dog. You never know when someone will jump out of the bushes and shoot you or the dog."

After Gotta said he found bullets on his doorstep, he told police he feared for his and the public's safety.

No one would confirm Monday if the sex abuse complaint against the priest involves Bass.

Gotta said Bass was obsessed with making homemade weapons and explosives, showed him how to make a silencer for a rifle and said the Sandy Hook school shooting could have been better executed.

Bass also talked about the Boston Marathon bombing, saying, "There were smaller and better things you could make than a pressure cooker bomb."

Gotta will be on "administrative leave until the matter is resolved through the legal system," according to officials with Archdiocese.

Gotta and church parishioners would not comment on the investigation.

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