April 16, 2021

Franciscan priest charged with rape, sexual battery in Ohio


The Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have announced that Father David Morrier, T.O.R., has been charged by a grand jury in Jefferson County, Ohio, with one count of rape and two counts of sexual battery involving an adult. 

Father Morrier served in the Diocese of Arlington at St. Joseph Parish, Herndon, for seven months from late November 1997 through June 1998.

To read the full press release from the Franciscan Friars, please CLICK HERE.

Anyone with information regarding these allegations should contact the Jefferson County Ohio Sheriff's Office at (740) 283-8600.  

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The Diocese encourages anyone who knows of any misconduct or abuse on the part of any cleric or employee of the Diocese to notify civil authorities, as well as to reach out to the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at (703) 841-2530.