Youngstown Priest Removed over Abuse Allegation

June 6, 2009

The Youngstown Diocese has removed a priest from the ministry after allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor more than 30 years ago.

Reverend Thomas Crum has admitted to the allegations, which happened when he served as faculty at Cardinal Mooney High School between 1975 and 1977.

Since then, he's served all around Northeast Ohio including: St. James Parish in Warren, St. John the Baptist Parish in Campbell, St. Christine Parish in Youngstown, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Youngstown and St. Charles Parish in Boardman. For the past four years, Father Crum has served as Pastor at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Canton. He has since resigned.

A statement issued by Bishop George Murray states, "The Diocese of Youngstown continues to be committed to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse." He goes on to say he's deeply sorry for the pain suffered by survivors of abuse due to actions of some members of the clergy.

The Diocese encourages anyone who may have experienced sexual abuse by members of the church to contact them or authorities.


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