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SNAP: Cincinnati bishops need to be held accountable following priest's rape charges

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The leader of the Cincinnati chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says the archdiocese is not doing enough. This comes after local priest, Fr. Geoff Drew, was charged with nine counts of rape.

Daniel Frondorf, the leader of Cincinnati’s SNAP chapter, has mixed emotions about Monday's indictment of Drew.

"Wow, I’m incredibly sad to know that this victim had to endure that back in the late '80s apparently, but I’m also happy that he had the courage to come forward,” said Frondorf.

The Cincinnati resident says it took him years to come forward after he was abused by a priest. That's why he wants the archdiocese to actively look for victims.

"They should be going to look for people who were more likely to have been hurt by this guy, but to also say, 'Go to law enforcement; don't report to the church,'” said Frondorf.

Frondorf says the church already dropped the ball by not suspending Drew back in 2013 when parishioners at St. Maximilian Kolbe in Bulter County raised concerns of grooming.

"This priest was not suspended at the time, which is what their protocol is. He was allowed to stay in place and be transferred to a different parish,” said Frondorf.

Back then, the Butler County prosecutor found no criminal wrongdoing, but Drew was assigned a monitor and told to limit his activities.

"If they didn't think this priest should be around children, then why on earth does he have a pastoral assignment?” said Frondrof. “It's crazy."

The archdiocese has released a list of Drew's assignments throughout the years, asking anyone with information to come forward, but for Frondorf, it's too little too late, and he hopes the archdiocese is held accountable.

"I'm hoping that the Pope over there in Rome is paying attention to what's going on in Cincinnati and says, 'You got to go, Binzer and Schnurr,'” said Frondorf.

Here is Drew's work history with the archdiocese:

Music minister at St. Jude Parish - 1984-1999
Music teacher at Elder High School - 1988-1991
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West - 1999-2004
Internship year at St. Anthony, Madisonville - 2001-02
Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese - May 2004
Parochial vicar at St. Luke, Beavercreek - July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005
Pastor of St. Rita, Dayton - July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2009
Pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Liberty Township - July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2018
Pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Cincinnati - appointed July 1, 2018


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