VENICE  - A lawsuit has been filed against the Diocese of Venice for inappropriate contact during a confession.

An Avon Park woman has filed the $15 million suit, alleging that the Rev. Nicholas McLoughlin, formerly of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Avon Park, attempted to grope and sexually assault her during confession in April 2018.

According to the Herald Tribune, the Oct. 2 lawsuit alleges the Diocese and Bishop Frank. J. Dewane should have known that McLoughlin was "unfit, dangerous, and/or a threat to the health, safety, and well–being of their parishioners."

McLoughlin was placed on administrative leave by the Diocese in November, while the Diocese of St. Petersburg reviews a complaint of "inappropriate physical contact with a minor" while McLoughlin served as pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Temple Terrace from 1973 to 1982.