Richland Co. Priest Placed On Leave After Abuse Allegation

  • 10/15/2018 10:48:51 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH - A Richland County priest has been placed on administrative leave following an allegation of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. 

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Of the Diocese of Toledo announced via a press release that Father Nelson Beaver has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately. Thomas cited that the action was a result of a recently made allegation of sexual abuse of a minor dating back over 25 years ago. 

Beaver is a pastor of Lexington's Resurrection Parish, and Mansfield's St. Mary of the Snows Parish. 

According to the press release, the allegation was not made in relation to these parish assignments. Bishop Thomas states that Beaver is "no longer residing at those parishes while on administrative leave." 

The press release also states that Beaver has denied the allegation. 

"We take every allegation of abuse of a minor with the utmost seriousness," Bishop Daniel Thomas said. "Administrative leave is a first, precautionary step that safeguards and protects children while we start a canonical process of determining whether the allegation can be substantiated and whether a priest should remain in ministry."

The press release further states:

"The allegation has been reported to civil authorities as required by diocesan policy. The diocese has extended an offer of pastoral care to the individual reporting the allegation. Out of pastoral care, the Bishop's representative, the Dean of the area, will inform the parishioners and offer all weekend masses at Resurrection and St. Mary of the Snows parishes. In addition, counselors are being made available at all weekend masses for those in need of support.

In accordance with the Policy for the Protection of Minors and Young Peoplewhile on administrative leave, Father Beaver cannot exercise public priestly ministry, administer any of the Sacraments, wear clerical attire or present himself as a priest. Administrative leave is a precautionary measure while an allegation is being investigated. It should be noted that this is not a final determination of guilt. If law enforcement chooses not to pursue the matter, in accord with diocesan policy, the allegation will be independently investigated and presented to the Review Board."

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