May 19, 2005

Diocese warns tutor's companion is ex-priest

Toledo Blade

blade staff writer

The Toledo Catholic Diocese this week warned its school principals not to recommend a tutoring service in their school newsletters.

The problem is not the former teacher who offers the tutoring.

It's her companionship with former priest Chet Warren, who has been accused of sexually assaulting children. Among his accusers are Teresa Bombrys, to whom Bishop Leonard Blair publicly apologized this year for Mr. Warren's "grievously sinful and criminal" acts, and Barbara Blaine, founder of the national Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.

The women said they were abused by Mr. Warren when he was assigned to St. Pius X Church in West Toledo.

"The concern is that we're aware of the fact [the teacher is] either living with, or quite often has someone we know is a child molester, on the premises when she's tutoring children," said Carolyn Schmidbauer, the diocese's assistant superintendant for school services.

Posted by kshaw at May 19, 2005 08:20 AM