Fr. Leo Patrick Welch

Ordained: 1952
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Accused in a 2002 lawsuit of abuse of at least two boys 1959-61, while assigned to Immaculate Conception in Bellevue. Said to have abused boys at his cabin with a pond in Bono, OH. One victim said Welch abused him when he was ages 12-14, and that when he was 15 he told the pastor. Welch reportedly was transferred after other victims came forward. Left active priesthood in 1965. Became a certified social worker in 1974. Admitted the abuse in 2002. Fired in 2002. Died in 1/16.


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