Findlay priest charged with sex trafficking

Michael Zacharias sex trafficking
Title: Findlay priest charged with sex trafficking
Author: Nicki Gorny
Publisher: The Blade
Date: 18AUG2020

FINDLAY — FBI agents on Tuesday arrested the pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish on charges of sex trafficking and coercion and enticement.

Special Agent in Charge Eric Smith said the Rev. Michael Zacharias, 53, is believed to have been grooming and engaging in sexual conduct with minors since the late 1990s.

The Northwest Ohio Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force took the priest into custody following a 7 a.m. Mass at St. Michael Parish. He faces charges of coercion and enticement, sex trafficking of a minor, and sex trafficking of an adult by force, fraud, or coercion.

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