Fr. Michael J. Zacharias

Ordained: 2002
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Pastor of St. Michael’s in Findlay when arrested 8/18/20 by the FBI on multiple charges of sex trafficking. He allegedly “manipulated and coerced drug-addicted boys and men into sex.” Per court records, Zacharias made a “confession video” in 2015 in which he performed oral sex on a then-adult victim. He admits to first meeting the victim when he was a seminarian and the boy was in 6th grade St. Catherine’s in Toledo. The boy became drug-addicted as a teen, and Zacharias offered him money for sex to feed his habit. A second young man told the FBI he met Zacharias in first grade at St. Catherine’s and that the priest began sexually abusing him as a teen, when he was drug-addicted. Zacharias was placed on leave by the Diocese.

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