Suspended Priest Returns to Active Ministry

March 19, 2009

CINCINNATI -- A Tri-State priest suspended after a 2005 arrest is returning to the active ministry.

Rev. Clarence Heis was restored to the ministry Thursday after three years on administrative leave.

Heis, 54, was arrested in October 2005 on charges of public indecency and resisting arrest after an incident at a park in Fairborn, Ohio, near Dayton.

At the time, Heis was pastor of the St. Michael parish in Mechanicsburg, but had previously served at Guardian Angels parish in Mount Washington and at St. Thomas More parish in Withamsville.

The Cincinnati Archdiocese said Heis received counseling to address the issues related to the incident and has fulfilled the terms of his probation.

Heis will reside in Cincinnati.


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