PARMA, Ohio — A priest is on an administrative leave after being accused of sexual misconduct with a minor and a false report of an attack.
The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma said in a statement that Fr. Basil Hutsko was placed on a leave for a minor sexual misconduct allegedly occurred 35 years ago.
The priest refuses the accusation.
Church leaders considered and found the accusation to be credible and Hutsko was placed on a leave which renders him “unable to function as a priest anywhere,” the statement said.
The Eparchy of Parma also addressed the priest’s claim about him being attacked and beaten Aug. 20 inside Merrillville, Indiana church.
Later, with a member of Father Basil Hutsko’s family that the incident didn’t take place.
Soon after the attach reports, Bishop Mian Lach found a woman who came forward in 2004 saying the priest abused her as a child between 1979 and 1983. He said the accusation the Merrillville parishioners in late August but the independent review board concluded that the accusations were not validated prior to not valid evidence.
The eparchy has not elaborated on the fact of the accusations that Hutsko was placed on leave.
In addition to St. Michael in Merrillville, Indiana, Hutsko additionally antecedently served at St. Mary in the city, St. Barbara in Dayton, St. Virgin Mary in Marblehead and St. Basil in Sterling Heights, Michigan, consistent with the eparchy’s statement.
“The Eparchy of Parma is committed to protective youth and serving to heal victims of abuse,” the statement says. “We are deeply sorry for the survivors of abuse due to actions of some members of the priesthood.”
If you are someone with more information about the case, you are asked to call at 330-958-9630 for a coordinator.