Fr. Geoffrey Drew

Ordained: 2004
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

St. Ignatius in Green Township pastor since mid-2018; placed on leave 7/23/19. Accused of sending inappropriate text messages to at least one boy at the parish school. Had been complaints to church officials about his behavior toward boys at his previous parish in 2013 and ’15. Auxiliary Bishop Binzer knew of the complaints but did not inform Archbishop Schnurr. One parishioner said she wrote Schnurr and Binzer in 8/18 about “red flags.” Drew was was kept in ministry ‘under monitoring;’ St. Ignatius parish and school leaders were not told of the prior complaints or monitoring. In 8/19 Binzer was a member of the USCCB committee on child protection. As of 7/19, Drew was to be sent to treatment. Indicted in 8/19 on 9 counts of rape of a boy, age 10-11, occurring 1988-91 while a music teacher at St. Jude’s in Green Township. Pleaded not guilty. In jail on $5M bond. Pope Francis accepted Binzer’s resignation in Spring 2020.  There are reportedly other alleged victims, including a second former St. Jude student who claimed abuse by Drew between 1985 and ’87.  Pleaded guilty on 12/2/21, just before trial. Sentenced in a plea bargain to 7 years in prison and required to register for life as a sex offender. The archdiocese stated that it would seek Drew’s laicization.

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