Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 22nd, 2019
While there may be other interpretation of this ecclesiastical application that is given Galatians 6:7-9 of King James Version of the Bible (KJV) which intensely says; “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
In recent weekend allegations of inappropriate behavior by a priest, Geoffrey D. Drew was heard by thousands of Catholics in the Tri-State.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of Geoffrey D. Drew
On August 19th, 2019, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced indictment(s) of Geoffrey D. Drew. Whom has been indicted on 9 counts of Rape (Aggravated Felony 1) for a period extending from 1988 to 1991.
According to information received, Drew is charged with raping a male elementary school student while Drew was employed at St. Jude School as the Music Minister. Drew was not a priest at the time as he was ordained in 2004. The incidents took place in Drew’s office during or immediately after the school day.
During the period, Butler County Prosecutor recommended to the archdiocese that Drew should be monitored. Subsequently, in October, another allegation came from when Drew was a music teacher at Elder High School.
However, Butler County Prosecutor found no criminal behavior, and thus the archdiocese retained an investigator that recommended counseling for Drew. Amazingly, during the counseling period Drew texted another teenage boy. Predicated on his action(s) the archbishop removed him as pastor and directed him for in-patient treatment.
Prosecutor Deters lamented, “This is absolutely sickening. I will never understand how someone in a position of authority and trust abuses that trust by sexually assaulting young children. Once these activities were uncovered, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati cooperated fully in these matters.”
Mike Schafer, head of communications for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati had this to say; “This is frustrating for all of us. This is something we want to put in the rearview mirror for good. Reputationally, it hurts horribly. On the other hand, I would remind all Catholics their faith is in Jesus, not humans, and from the very beginning the church has been populated with flawed human beings and we always will be.”
Deters added; “I commend our victim for coming forward and speaking out. This is not easy. I am now even more concerned that there are more victims out there and strongly urge anyone with information about Drew to please contact Cincinnati Police Officer Dana Jones at (513) 352-6947.”