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Assignment Record– Rev. Kenneth J. Schoettmer

Summary of Case: Kenneth Schoettmer was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1968. He assisted in Walnut Hills, Madisonville, Wyoming and Clifton parishes until 1982, when he was named pastor of a parish in Hamilton. He held that role for twelve years, leaving in 1994 to serve briefly as temporary administrator in North Fairmount. There is an unexplained gap in Schoettmer's assignments in 1995. In 1996 he was assigned a pastorship in Millville.

Schoettmer was placed on leave by the archdiocese in June 2001, pending an investigation into allegations of inappropriate contact with young males. He told police that he had used a parish computer to download pornography and to contact juveniles. In a letter to parishioners, Schoettmer admitted to sexual contact with three different teenage boys between 1984 and 1999. He pleaded guilty in 2003 to fondling a 17-year-old boy in 1999. Charges of rape and sexual battery were dropped because his victim did not want to testify. Schoettmer was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. He was laicized in 2007.

Ordained: 1968
Laicized: 2007


   

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1968

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Karl Joseph Alter (1950-1969), followed by Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982).

1970 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cincinnati (Walnut Hills) OH 3/3

Assumption of the BVM had a school with 71-90 boys and 72-92 girls.

 

1970 1973 St. Anthony's Cincinnati (Madisonville) OH 2/2 St. Anthony's had a school with 109-108 boys and 132-127 girls.
1973 1980 St. James Cincinnati (Wyoming) OH 22 St. James had a school with 252-198 students.
1980 1982 St. George Church and Newman Center Cincinnati (Clifton) OH 4/4  

1982

Bernardin was succeeded as Cincinnati archbishop by Daniel Edward Pilarczyk (1982-2009).

1989 St. Mary's Hamilton OH 1/1 St. Mary's had a school with 148-158 students.
1989 1994 St. Julie Billiart Hamilton OH 1/2 St. Mary's merged with St. Stephen and St. Veronica to form St. Julie Billiart. It had a school with 188-308 students.
1994 1995 St. Leo the Great Cincinnati OH 1/1 Temporary Administrator St. Leo's had a CCD program with 19 students.
1995 1996        

Schoettmer is not indexed in the 1996 Directory, nor is he listed in the Cincinnati pages as at his previous or next assignments.

1996 2001 Queen of Peace

Cincinnati (Millville)

Schoettmer told police in June 2001 that he had used his parish computer to download pornography and to contact juveniles.

OH 1/1

Queen of Peace had a school with 275-309 students, and a CCD program with 115-168 students.

Schoettmer was placed on leave in June 2001 pending an investigation by the county sheriff's of accusations of "inappropriate contact with young males." Schoettmer admitted in a letter to parishioners that he had engaged in sexual contact with three different teenage boys between 1984 and 1999. He said none of the boys were from Queen of Peace.

2001 2002 Leave of Absence      

Schoettmer is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory.

Schoettmer pleaded guilty in 2003 to molesting a 17-year-old in 1999. Charges of rape and sexual battery were dropped because Schottmer's victim did not want to testify. Schoettmer was sentenced to five years' probation and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

Schoettmer remained on administrative leave until his laicization by the Vatican, which was announced in 2007.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1969-2002).


 Priest's Conduct Reviewed, By Cindi Andrews and Janice Morse, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 23, 2001
 Priest Admits to Parishioners Sexual Encounters with Boys, By Tim Bonfield and Walt Schaefer, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 24, 2001
 Police: Church Computer Used for Porn, By Janice Morse, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 30, 2001
 Accusations Not First to Target Priest, By Janice Morse, Cincinnati Enquirer, August 5, 2001
 Charges Unlikely against Priest, By Janice Morse, Cincinnati Enquirer, September 27, 2001
 Policy Shift Could Oust Eight Area Priests, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, June 27, 2002
 Two Ex-Priests Indicted on Sex Abuse, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, March 22, 2003
Priest Pleads Guilty, Won't Face Jail Time, By Sharon Turco and Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, downloaded June 12, 2003
Status Report on Clerics Credibly Accused of Child Abuse, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Statement, accessed February 2, 2006
Accused Priests Remain on Payroll, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, April 22, 2007
Vatican Removes 2 Accused of Sexual Abuse from Priesthood, WLWT, May 11, 2007
 Vatican Ousts 2 from Priesthood, Cincinnati Post, May 12, 2007
 Two Area Priests Defrocked over Sex Abuse Allegations, By Tom Beyerein, Dayton Daily News, May 12, 2007 

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This assignment record was last updated on February 6, 2017.


 
 

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