DIOCESE OF TOLEDO ANNOUNCES DECISION REGARDING REV. SAMUEL PUNNOOR – The Diocese of Toledo is announcing today a decision regarding Reverend Samuel Punnoor, who was placed on administrative leave as a result of a May 2015 allegation from a minor that he violated the diocesan code of pastoral conduct.
Following its investigation of the allegation, Lucas County Children Services informed the Diocese that Father Punnoor’s actions were not deemed to be sexual abuse but his behavior with this child raised concerns.
After the necessary ecclesiastical investigation, the Diocesan Review Board unanimously concluded that a violation of the diocesan code of pastoral conduct had occurred. Bishop Daniel Thomas has accepted the Board’s recommendations that Father Punnoor should remain on administrative leave, have no priestly ministry in the Diocese of Toledo, have no access to children and return to his home diocese in India.
SENIOR CENTER TO HOST PRESENTATION – “Behold a Pale Horse, America’s Last Chance” will be presented 7-9 p.m. July 20 at Wyandotte Senior Center, 1164 Wyandotte Ave., Mansfield.
IMPORTUNING ARREST ANNOUNCED – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the arrest of a Boardman man on a felony charge of importuning after he allegedly solicited an undercover agent online.
Charles Jaminet, 31, was arrested by agents with the Attorney General’s Crimes Against Children Unit last week.
Investigators took the suspect into custody when he arrived at an area hotel after allegedly arranging to meet who he believed was an underage female to engage in sexual activity.
The arrest was made as part of an operation conducted last night by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Austintown Police Department, Mahoning County Law Enforcement Task Force, Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, and Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office which targeted prostitution and child solicitation.
Eleven additional individuals, who are unrelated to the importuning case, were arrested on charges such as soliciting prostitution and promoting prostitution as part of the operation.