Catholic priest sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexual misconduct


November 27, 2018

By Gil McClanahan and Jeff Morris

A Catholic priest with the Diocese of Steubenville is headed to prison for 12 years for sexual battery charges involving a teenage member of his parish. The church is in Athens County, Ohio. Henry Christopher Foxhoven pleaded guilty to the charges in Athens County Court Tuesday morning. The sentence was part of a plea deal with prosecutors who believe justice was served in this case.

Prosecutors say Henry Christopher Foxhoven had a sexual relationship with a teenage member of his parish from August to October of this year, adding the incidents took place in the church rectory in Athens County, Ohio.

“I forgive him because that’s what God wants me to do. It says in the Bible forgive men and I forgive him as well. I hate seeing him in that orange suit,” said the victim’s mother in court.

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