Fr. Samuel E. Ritchey

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Accused in 12/05 of 1977 abuse of a youth. Review board deemed allegations credible. Placed on leave. A second man alleged in 2/06 that Ritchey gave him drugs and alcohol in 1978 when he was senior in high school and attempted to molest him. Teaching certificate revoked by state in 11/06. In 2016 a man spoke publicly about being molested at age 16 by Ritchey in 1974. He said he asked Ritchey how many other kids he did that with, and Ritchey told him “I have several ‘special friends’ from my parish.” The man’s mother was a cousin of newly ordained and later Bishop Nienstedt, who introduced Ritchey to him. Nienstedt reportedly was told of the abuse, and did nothing. On diocese’s list 3/1/19. Noted to have been laicized and to be deceased.

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