Fr. James Csaszar

Ordained: 1999
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Placed on leave 11/7/17 by diocese due to “excessive and questionable text and telephone communications with a minor and potential misuse of church funds.” Minor was a 16-year-old boy. Pastor of Resurrection in New Albany, previously long-time pastor of St. Rose in New Lexington. Police were investigating. Csaszar took his own life 12/2017. In 4/18 investigators said he left suicide notes. He denied sexual contact with any child or adult. The boy denied a sexual relationship, but said he felt manipulated and threatened by Csaszar. The diocese said text messages between the two referenced a nude photo of the boy.

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