Columbus Diocese Determines Credible Abuse Allegation Against Retired Priest
The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has found another credible allegation of sexual abuse against a priest.
Father Kevin Lutz, 69, has been added to a database of 50 clergy members credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor. The diocese's website lists him as "removed from ministry."
"Father Lutz continues on administrative leave pending further canonical and administrative processes," the diocese said in a press release Wednesday.
Lutz announced his retirement on Sept. 8, 2019. The next day, the diocese says it received a report that he had abused a minor during his time at St. Christopher Parish from 1983-1986.
The diocese says it reported the allegations to Columbus Police on September 9, and two days later, Lutz was formally placed on leave.
"The Diocese then commissioned an independent third party investigation of the allegation, interviewing both the alleged victim and Father Lutz, who denied the allegation," the press release says.
Lutz is prohibited from publicly exercising ministry, publicly celebrating sacraments, wearing clerical attire, be housed at any parish or diocesan property, or identify themselves as a member of the clergy.
Lutz has served in the Columbus Diocese since 1978.