Assignment Record– Rev. Richard Unwin

Summary of Case: Richard Unwin was a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, ordained in 1979. He assisted at parishes in Forest Park, Hamilton, Oxford, Springfield and McCartyville, then pastored in Piqua and Tipp City. Unwin was also an educator, teaching at Badin High School in Hamilton, serving as principal of Catholic Central High in Springfield and, briefly, at Lehman High School in Sidney where he was also religion department chair.

In 2003 the archdiocese received a complaint that Unwin had sexually abused a male minor more than 15 years previously. Unwin acknowledge the abuse and was placed on leave. The Ohio Board of Education revoked his teaching license in 2005 and, in 2007, Unwin was laicized.

: 1979
Laicized: 2007


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982).

1981 St. Matthias Cincinnati (Forest Park) OH 2/2



1979 1987 Badin High School


Unwin was accused in 2003 of sexually abusing a male minor more than 15 years previously. He acknowledged the abuse. The archdiocese would not divulge the exact time or place of the abuse, per Unwin's victim's request.

OH teacher Badin High had 405-309 boys and 431-380 girls.


Bernardin was succeeded by Daniel Edward Pilarczyk (1982-2009).

1984 St. Joseph's Hamilton OH 2/2 St. Joseph's had a school with 220-213 students.
1984 1987 St. Mary's Church and Catholic Campus Ministry Oxford OH 2/2  
1987 1991 Catholic Central High School Springfield OH principal Catholic Central had 170-160 boys and 130-157 girls.
1988 1990 St. Raphael's Springfield OH 2/2
In residence
1990 1993 Lehman High School Sidney OH principal 1990-1991; religion dept. chair 1991-1993 Lehman High had 338-328 students.
1991 1993 Sacred Heart of Jesus McCartyville OH 2/2
In residence

Sacred Heart had a CCD program 363-380 students.

1993 2002 St. Boniface Piqua OH 1/1, 1/2 St. Boniface had a CCD program with 115-507 students.
2002 2003 St. John the Baptist Tipp City OH 1/1

St. John the Baptist had a CCD program 481 students.

Unwin is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory.

Unwin was suspended from ministry in August 2003 after allegations surfaced that he had perpetrated sexual abuse against a male minor more than 15 years previously.

Unwin's teaching license was revoked by the State Board of Education in 2006. He was laicized in 2007.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1980-2003).

2 Priests Suspended; More Allegations Arise, Cincinnati Enquirer, accessed August 11, 2003
 Accused Priest a Former Educator, By James Cummings, Dayton Daily News, August 11, 2003
 Text of the Archbishop's Statement, Diocesan Press Release, August 11, 2003
 Archbishop Places Abusive Priests on Leave, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, September 23, 2003
 Status Report on Clerics Credibly Accused of Child Abuse, Archdiocesan Status Report, cached, February 7, 2006
 Priests in Sex-Abuse Cases Keep Their Teaching Certificates, By Jim Provance, Toledo Blade, October 6, 2006
 Alleged Molesters Fall through Cracks, By Jim Provance, Toledo Blade, October 7, 2006
 5 Disciplined by Church to Lose Teacher Licenses, By Jim Provance, Toledo Blade, November 10, 2006
 State Revokes 5 Teaching Licenses, Toledo Blade, November 15, 2006
 Archdiocese Say Priest Defrocked by Vatican, WCPO, May 11, 2007
 Vatican Removes 2 Accused of Sexual Abuse from Priesthood, WLWT, May 11, 2007
Vatican Ousts 2 from Priesthood, Cincinnati Post, May 12, 2007
 Two Area Priests Defrocked over Sex Abuse Allegations, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, May 12, 2007

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This assignment record was last updated on February 7, 2017.


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