Thursday, May 22, 2003

The path of Father Strittmatter

1957 - Ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

1957-1970 - Assistant pastor at Resurrection of Our Lord (1957-1962), St. Leo the Great (1962-1967) and St. Bernard (1967-1970), all in Cincinnati. Also teaches classical languages at Elder High School.

1970-1982 - Principal of Elder High School.

1982-1988 - Pastor at Our Lady of Victory parish and school in Delhi.

1988 - Accused of sexual misconduct for incident occurring years earlier involving a former Elder student. The archdiocese removes him from Our Lady of Victory and sends him to a treatment program for sex offenders.

1988 - Completes treatment program and begins regular counseling sessions. Becomes assistant pastor at St. Albert the Great parish in Kettering, Ohio. He is ordered to stay away from children, and his supervisors are notified of his past problems.

March 2002 - As allegations of priest misconduct spread nationwide, the archdiocese announces that it still employs five priests who have been accused in the past of sexual abuse. The priests are not identified, but Strittmatter is among them.

May 2002 - Another former Elder student complains to the archdiocese about sexual misconduct involving Strittmatter in the late 1970s.

June 2002 - Removed from St. Albert the Great parish because of the new allegations. Retires.

May 2003 - Four former Elder High School students file lawsuit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court accusing him of molesting them when they were in high school.

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