Diocese: Catholic priest in investigation kills himself

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Catholic diocese in Ohio, says a pastor under investigation for “questionable” communication with a minor, and any abuse of the church itself killed.

The Catholic Diocese of Columbus said in a statement Thursday that the Rev. James Csaszar killed himself Wednesday in Chicago. Csaszar was pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in the Columbus suburb of New Albany.

The diocese’s statement says Csaszar was placed on administrative leave last month when officials learned of “excessive and questionable as” text and telephone communication with a minor and possible misuse of funds, while pastor of the St. Rose of Lima Parish in New Lexington.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was looking for Csaszar after the diocese learned of the allegations and contacted the police in New Lexington, about 55 miles (89 km) southeast of Columbus.

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