Summary of Case: Michael A. Parniuk was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1981. After several years as an assistant at Our Lady of Visitation, Paraniuk was assigned to St. Bernard’s in Winton Place, where he served until 2005. He was also was a long-time hospital chaplain at Cincinnati Children’s, among other hospitals. In 1995 a man came forward to allege that Paraniuk sexually abused him in 1983, when the man was a young teen. Paraniuk denied the allegation; the archdiocese investigated and said the claim could not be substantiated. The man came forward with the allegation again in 2004, after the archdiocese was indicted for not reporting clergy sex abuse. The man subsequently received money from the archdiocese’s victims’ compensation fund and, as a result, Paraniuk was suspended from active ministry in March 2005. The archdiocese again investigated the man’s claim, again deemed it unsubstantiated, and Paraniuk was returned to ministry. He was named pastor of St. Mary’s in Hillsboro and in 2009 became pastor also of St. Benignus in Greenfield. In 2016 he remained at both parishes.
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