Toledo Priest Accused of Violating Policy on Sexual Abuse of Minors

By Amulya Raghuveer
NBC 24
May 22, 2015

Rev. Samuel Punnoor / Diocese of Toledo

A Toledo reverend has been placed on administrative leave after a claim was made alleging he violated the diocese's policy on the sexual abuse of minors.

Reverend Samuel Punnoor, who has served in Toledo since April 2011, is said to have been reported to Lucas County Children Services by the Diocese of Toledo on May 6 while he was visiting his home diocese in India.

Specifics of the allegation against Father Punnoor have not been disclosed; however, diocese officials say parents and guardians of students at Most Blessed Sacrament, Saint Joseph schools, and Central Catholic High School have been advised of the situation.

While an investigation is underway, Father Punnoor has been placed on administrative leave and is not permitted to exercise public ministry, administer Sacraments, wear clerical attire or present himself publicly as a priest.

Father Punnoor, who has served at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Corpus Christi University Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Central Catholic HS, Historic Church of St. Patrick, and Immaculate Conception Church, is said to have passed all necessary background checks and completed required safe environment training upon his arrival in Toledo.

The Diocese says it is committed to ensuring the protection of children and providing a safe environment. It says it is cooperating fully with Lucas County Children Services in their investigation.








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