Columbus Diocese Investigates Priest Sex Abuse Claim

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus is investigating an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by a longtime priest, who has been put on administrative leave.

The diocese says it received an allegation July 2 accusing the Rev. Thomas Brosmer of abuse while he worked at a Zanesville parish between 1969 and 1973, when he also taught at a high school. The diocese says the allegation was recently reported to the Muskingum County Children Services and then the Zanesville police.

The diocese didn’t release details of the complaint but says it’s the first such allegation it has received about the 68-year-old priest. He most recently worked at churches in the Columbus area.

A message seeking comment was left Friday with Brosmer’s attorney.

  • Mtgphd

    What can one comment? Has anything been left unsaid on this subject.

    A Question – is it primarily Catholic priests who abuse, and is it little boys, or
    have little girls also been involved?

  • epipmac

    Not true about his history. He was accused of improper conduct with minors when he was pastor at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Gahanna in the 1980s. He was removed and placed “under supervision” as the diocese calls it. Police investigated, but the diocese would not cooperate. School board member tried to get the parish to look into the allegations, but he was laughed right out of the parish. Brosmer spent years at several churches, including St. Michael in Worthington, after that. But he was never a pastor again. The diocese knew for years that Brosmer had a serious problem.