The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has placed a priest on leave as part of an investigation into an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.
A news release issued Friday identifies the priest as Father Kevin Lutz, who had announced his retirement from St. Mary Parish, effective September 8. Officials say the alleged abuse took place when Lutz served at St. Christopher Parish from 1982 to 1986. The diocese says its Board of Review for the Protection of Children will meet soon to assess results of a preliminary investigation. Lutz has been with the Diocese since 1978. He also founded the Jubilee Museum in Franklinton.