Grand Jury Declines to Indict Priest Removed from Ministry Amid Allegations

A Lewis County grand jury declined to indicted a priest who had been removed from ministry amid allegations of inappropriately touching two high school students while they were working on a service project in the county.

Father Dave Glockner works with Glenmary Home Missioners and since 2012 had served at Holy Redeemer Parish in Vanceburg as sacramental minister and parochial administrator. In those seven years, there had not been any allegations of inappropriate behavior against Father Glockner, a news release said at the time of the announcement of the allegations against the priest in August.

The grand jury returned a "no true bill" decision, meaning that it found no credible evidence that a crime was committed.

In a news release, Glenmary said that it fully cooperated with the authorities during the related investigation and informed the local law enforcement authority of the allegations against Father Glockner shortly after receiving them.

With the investigation of civil authorities concluded, Glenmary, based on its own policies and procedures, it said, will commission an investigation by an independent investigator.

The results of that investigation will be communicated to the president of Glenmary who will then share them with the organization's review board, a news release said.

That review board will then determine whether it finds the allegations to be credible.

Glockner will continue to live at Glenmary's residence in Fairfield, Ohio until that process is complete and will remain removed from public ministry, the organization said.

-Staff report