The pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Findlay was arrested this morning on sex releated charges.
WFIN Radio reported that the FBI arrested Father Michael Zacharius at his residence near the church.
He has been charged with sex trafficking of a minor and sex trafficking of an adult.
The 53 year old Zacharias is alleged to have been engaged in sexual conduct with minors since the late 1990’s.
Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn issued a release stating, “I am distraught by the news of the arrest of Father Michael Zacharias. These allegations are not taken lightly, and the Findlay Police Department and our community at large will support the full and thorough investigation by the FBI. Such abuse of power, and perversion of sexuality is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated by any organization, individual, or society.”
The FBI is encouraging anyone with information about Zacharias’ conduct to call the FBI at 216-622-6842.
The Findlay Police Department has no information to believe that St. Michael’s School or its students are involved in Zacharias’ FBI complaint.
If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of sex crimes, contact the Findlay Police Department at 419-424-7150.