Defense asks judge to lower $5M bond for southwest Ohio priest accused of child rape

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Father Geoff Drew, a Catholic priest who is facing child rape charges in Hamilton County, was investigated earlier this month for alleged inappropriate behavior in Montgomery County, according to the prosecutor?€™s office.

Rev. Geoffrey Drew, the southwest Ohio priest charged with nine counts of rape, was in court alongside his defense attorney Wednesday, requesting his $5 million bond be lowered to $100,000.

Drew was indicted in August for alleged incidents that occurred between 1988 and 1991 when Drew was employed as a music minister at St. Jude School in Green Township. He was not a priest at the time. 

Drew has also worked in Beavercreek, Dayton and Liberty Twp.

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The victim is a 41-year-old man who testified before a grand jury that Drew sexually abused him when he was 10 and 11 years old, Prosecutor Joe Deters said during an August news conference.

Drew was placed on leave from St. Ignatius of Loyola where he most recently served as pastor. 

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati said it is investigating years of complaints and concerning behavior involving Drew, including a June complaint from a St. Ignatius family that Drew had texted their teenage son. 

Drew’s attorney asked Judge Leslie Ghiz to lower Drew’s bond arguing that Drew did not leave the county when the St. Ignatius investigation began. He also said Drew has no criminal history. 

Prosecutors said Drew had been arranging a move out of Hamilton County during the time of his arrest, and told the judge the investigation into Drew’s behavior is ongoing. 

Ghiz said she will review the case and make a final decision about Drew’s bond on Oct. 9.