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Catholic Priest in Glouster Charged with 8 Counts of Sexual Battery Against Minor


GLOUSTER – (PR) Father Henry Christover Foxhoven, a Catholic priest in the Diocese in Steubenville, was charged on October 30, 2018 with eight counts of sexual battery.  Foxhoven, age 45, of Glouster, is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a minor female between August 17, 2018 and October 25, 2018. The minor is a member of Holy Cross in Glouster, Ohio, one of Foxhoven’s two parishes.

The Diocese in Steubenville reported the allegations to the Athens County Sheriff’s Office when they became aware of them on October 27, 2018 and had continued to cooperate with the investigation. Foxhoven was immediately suspended from practicing all religious services and was barred from church property by Bishop Monforton of the Diocese in Steubenville.

Sheriff Rodney Smith states that “On October 29,2018, Detective Ryan Gillette organized the execution of a search warrant of Foxhoven’s residence and was assisted by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.  Evidence of criminal activity, such as several used condoms and a used pregnancy test with a positive indication were found. Those items will be sent to BCI for testing and analysis.”

Foxhoven appeared in Athens Municipal Court on October 30, 2018. The State requested a million dollar bond and Foxhoven is scheduled to appear before the Athens County Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing on November 29th,2018.

Anyone with additional information pertinent to this case is urgent to contact Detective Ryan Gillette wright he Athens County Sheriff’s Office at 740-593-6633.