Fr. Martin Weithman
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH
Placed on leave 7/02 after allegation he molested a teenage boy over a 6-year period in the late 1980s. Denied allegation and threatened to sue accuser. Case settled for $115K in 2002. Review board found allegations credible. In 2003 Weithman was told to ask for laicization or Bishop would ask Vatican to laicize without consent. Weithman did not consent until 2004. Laicized in 2005.
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