A federal jury in Ohio convicted Michael J. Zacharias, a priest, of five counts of sex trafficking.
“The charges related to three victims, two of whom Zacharias trafficked when they were minors and as adults,” a Department of Justice release stated.
The evidence presented to the jury reportedly showed how Zacharias paid the victims to engage in sexual acts with him.
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The DOJ release said Zacharias utilized the victims’ “fear of serious harm to compel their compliance.”
TOLEDO – Guilty on all five counts was the verdict Friday in the federal sex-trafficking trial of the Rev. Michael Jude Zacharias, a Roman Catholic priest who has led parishes in Mansfield and Fremont.#childtrafficking #HumanTrafficking #Ohiohttps://t.co/qB0ssWwhzj
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Mansfield News Journal reported:
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