Group wants larger investigation of Greek Orthodox priest

A group that advocates for the victims of sexual abuse by priests wants a more thorough investigation of a Greek Orthodox priest who pleaded guilty last week to seeking sex with boys.

The case of Patrick N. Hughes, known as Father Nicholas, deserves closer scrutiny in light of concerns expressed by a fellow cleric in Ashland County, according to members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

The group’s Columbus director, Carol Zamonski, hand-delivered a letter to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien today, asking him “to seek out and offer encouragement to others with knowledge of or suspicions about Hughes’ misdeeds or the Greek Orthodox hierarchy’s complicity.”

She also released a copy of a recent letter in which a Greek Orthodox priest told a church official that he and others have been worried about Hughes for years.

The letter was sent on Sept. 22 by Ambro...

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