July 14, 2005

Priest charged with sex crimes

Cincinnati Enquirer

By Dan Horn
Enquirer staff writer

A grand jury indicted a Cincinnati priest Wednesday on charges of sexually abusing a boy in his church office several times from 1995 to 1997.

The Rev. Raymond Larger, who was then pastor of St. James parish in White Oak, faces charges of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. He could be sentenced to more than 30 years in prison if he is convicted.

Larger, 54, was sentenced to a year of probation in 2003 after a conviction for soliciting sex from a male police officer in a Dayton park. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati allowed him to return to work at the archdiocese's office downtown last year.

The archdiocese suspended him after the indictment Wednesday, but Larger released a statement denying the charges.

"I have never had inappropriate behavior with the accuser or with any minor," said Larger, who is free after posting 10 percent of a $25,000 bond. "As I stand before God, my conscience is clear and clean.

"I have done nothing wrong."

Posted by kshaw at July 14, 2005 08:41 AM