Fr. Jeffrey M. Weaver

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Per news in 2012, a 1997 diocesan memo said that Weaver engaged in “sexual exploitation” of teen boys, waiting until they were 18 years old to make sexual advances toward them. He would talk to the minors about sex in the seminary he attended, admit he was gay and that he was available to them in a sexual way. A 1996 memo showed that a youth reported to the diocese that Weaver plied him with alcohol, tried to french kiss him, rubbed his legs above the knee toward his penis, and so on. Weaver admitted to “one regretful advance” toward the youth. His accuser was interviewed in 2012, saying the incident happened just after he turned 18, and that Weaver had been grooming him for sex. Weaver asked for a leave in 2002. Bishop Lennon decided in 2012 to return Weaver to ministry. As of 2018, he is last indexed in the Official Catholic Directory in 2001. In 2/21 the diocesan website shows Weaver as “Awaiting Assignment.”

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