The Columbus Division of Police has added new duties for three patrol officers. The three have been named Diversity and Inclusion Liaison Officers who will work to build trust between police and the community.
Columbus Diocese Investigates Allegations Against Parish Priest
The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has placed a parish priest on administrative leave while it investigates allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
Bishop Frederick Campbell says a church panel will investigate whether 69-year-old Father Ronald Atwood sexually abused a minor between the years 1976 and 1979 while he employed as a teacher at Bishop Ready High School. The allegation was reported to the diocese on Monday and Father Atwood was placed on administrative leave the next day. The church also reported the allegation to Franklin County Children Services.
Since 1969, Atwood has served 7 Columbus-area parishes and taught at Bishop Ready. The diocese encourages anyone who may have experienced sexual abused by clergy to contact its victim assistance coordinator.