Former Z-ville Catholic Priest Facing Sex Abuse
July 13, 2012
A Catholic priest – who served at St. Nicholas Church in Zanesville over 40 years ago -- has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The Catholic Diocese of Columbus – in a press release – said the action was taken upon a recommendation of Board of Review for the Protection of Children. Bishop Frederick Campbell of Columbus placed Father Thomas Brosmer on leave pending the findings of the investigation. The sexual abuse is alleged to have occurred in Zanesville from 1969 to 1973. The 68-year-old Brosmer was also a teacher at Bishop Rosecrans High School during that time. The Diocese says it received the allegation on July 2nd and reported to the Zanesville Police Department. The review board met on July 5th and decided that the allegation was credible and required further investigation. The press release indicates the board’s finding of credibility is not the same as finding guilt. Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox says he is not aware of a report or investigation and it’s likely the statute of limitations would prevent prosecution of an allegation. Ohio law says prosecution must begin within 20 years of an offense. The Diocese says in the near future, information will be forthcoming regarding outreach efforts to be conducted in those places where Father Brosmer served in order to determine if other persons wish to come forward and seek help. Since 2004 Father Brosmer has been Associate Pastor at St. Cecilia Church in Columbus.