Findlay, Ohio – The FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office announced the federal arrest of Father Michael Zacharias, age 53, of Findlay, Ohio.
Father Zacharias, a priest at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Findlay, has been federally charged with coercion and enticement, sex trafficking of a minor, and sex trafficking of an adult by force, fraud, or coercion. Zacharias was taken into custody on August 18, 2020. Following his arrest, the Diocese of Toledo place Zacharias on administrative leave.
According the complaint, investigators uncovered evidence that Zacharias has engaged in sexual conduct with minors since the late 1990s. Zacharias has served as a priest for parishes in Van Wert, Mansfield, Fremont, and Findlay.
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