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16969Priest Charged With Sex Abuse Working On A Plea Deal

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Sep 25, 2012
      Tuesday, September 25, 2012

      Priest Charged With Sex Abuse Working On A Plea Deal
      By: Rick Reitzel

      COLUMBUS, Ohio --

      Bishop Andonis with the Archdiocese of New York says Father Nicholas
      Hughes will not fight the sex abuse charges against him and is working
      on a plea deal.

      Hughes has been the interim priest for the past year at the Annunciation
      Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the Short North.

      He was arrested on Sept. 19 by the Franklin County Internet Crimes
      Against Children task force for soliciting sex over the internet.

      Investigators say the 56-year-old thought he was chatting with the
      parents of a 9-year-old and 14-year-old boy.

      Hughes is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail on charges of
      attempted rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

      Members of Surviviors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) passed
      out fliers at noon in front of the Greek Orthodox Church in Columbus
      Tuesday. They want church officials to make public every location Father
      Hughes has worked.

      NBC4 called the Archdiocese of New York for the locations and the
      allegations against Father Hughes. Bishop Andonis says Hughes has served
      in Columbus, Mansfield, Galion, and the Metropolis of Detroit.

      Andonis says Hughes has been a priest since 1987. The Archdiocese does
      not have any record of abuse by Father Hughes in the past.

      If Hughes is found guilty of the charges against him, Andonis says there
      will be a spiritual decree and he could be defrocked and removed from
      the list of priests.