February 19, 2005

Covington priest cleared in sexual-molestation case

Cincinnati Enquirer

By Jim Hannah
Enquirer staff writer

COVINGTON - A Covington priest - who once helped guide the diocesan's response to allegations of priest sexual abuse - has been exonerated of a claim that he once molested a boy.

A committee of three civic leaders found no evidence that the Rev. Gerald Reinersman sexually abused a 7-year-old boy in 1979 while at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary parish in Lexington.

The man claiming the abuse said he had repressed the memories of the molestation.

The group did, however, recommend that the diocese continue to make professional counseling services available to the man who claimed to be a victim.

His name was not released by the diocese.

Posted by kshaw at February 19, 2005 06:09 AM