Father Nicholas Hughes arrested
COLUMBUS—In the case of the arrest of Father Nicholas Hughes, interim priest in Columbus and member also serving at the St. Theodore House on Portland Way South, Galion, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reports he was arraigned late last week with a bond of $100,000. There is no indictment at press time. There have been no reports of misconduct as yet, but the FCSO is asking for any information. The Galion Police Department also reported there have been no reports or complaints in this matter.
Father Nicholas Hughes has been accused of going to meet young boys at a hotel for sex. He was arrested Sept. 19 in Columbus on a sting operation involving contact with an undercover agent posing as young boys. According to other news sources (10TV.com, The Columbus Dispatch ) he was charged with attempted rape and attempted unlawful sexual misconduct and is now under house arrest.
According to FCSO, if no one comes forward with evidence or reports of abuse the case will be dropped. Attorney Joe Scott is representing the Father.