July 14, 2005

Priest indicted on rape charges

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Associated Press

CINCINNATI - A Roman Catholic priest already convicted of soliciting sex from an undercover police officer was indicted Wednesday on charges he raped a boy while he was a church pastor in the 1990s.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati placed the Rev. Raymond Larger, 54, on administrative leave following the indictment by a Hamilton County grand jury. Prosecutors said the victim came forward earlier this year.

It's the second time that Larger has faced sex charges.

In 2003, Larger pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of public indecency and soliciting sex from a male undercover officer in a Dayton park. The archdiocese returned him to active duty last year over the objection of a support group for victims of clergy abuse.

The archdiocese said in a statement Wednesday that the boy was allegedly raped in the 1990s but didn't notify the church.

Posted by kshaw at July 14, 2005 01:44 AM