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Office of Child & Youth Protection and Victim Assistance

To report any suspected or actual sexual abuse of a minor by Diocesan personnel, immediate contact should be made with local civil authorities, and with the Toledo Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Mr. Frank DiLallo.  He can be reached at 419-243-2150 (private line) or 419-244-6711, ext. 4880 in the Toledo calling area, or 1-800-926-8277, ext. 4880 (Outside Toledo, Within Ohio).

Protecting Youth Online Course

As of July 1, 2016, if you are a new employee/volunteer who regularly works with children, or a current employee/volunteer who has not completed a protecting youth course in the last 5 years, you must complete either our Protecting Youth Workshop (see above tab) or our online Protecting Youth course, Protecting God’s Children.

If you have previously completed a Protecting Youth course or a background check, you may have received a User ID and Password from your compliance officer.  If not, check with him/her before you Log In as much of your information may have been uploaded from our former database. 

If you do not know who your compliance officer is, please contact Jacqueline Maume, Safe Environment Compliance Coordinator for the Diocese of Toledo, at 419-244-6711 x4922.

IF YOU NEED TO SET UP A VIRTUS ACCOUNT PLEASE CLICK

English: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_2.cfm?theme=0&org=37396

Spanish: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/sp_reg_1.cfm?theme=0%20

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A VIRTUS ACCOUNT PLEASE CLICK

English: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/index.cfm?

Spanish: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/espaniol.cfm?theme=0

AND LOG IN FOR EXISTING ACCOUNTS

*Please note, if you need to fulfill other requirements, the VIRTUS site will walk you through the steps to complete them.

The Diocese of Toledo has been found to be in compliance with the articles of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The compliance letter followed upon the submission of documents and statistics related to maintaining a safe environment for our children and youth for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.  The Diocese of Toledo is audited by an independent agency each year to ensure compliance with the Charter. 

The Diocese of Toledo remains committed to ensuring the protection of children and providing a safe environment for all young people. If you have any knowledge of abuse that has been committed by a cleric or by any personnel or volunteer of the Catholic Church, you are urged to report the abuse to your local police department, Children Services, and to contact Mr. Frank DiLallo, diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 419-214-4880; or to write to Mr. DiLallo at 1933 Spielbusch Avenue; Toledo, Ohio 43604.

 

La Diócesis de Toledo ha sido declarada en cumplimiento de todos los artículos de la Carta para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos.

La certificación de cumplimiento para el período comprendido entre el 1 de julio de 2015 al 30 de junio de 2016, se obtuvo gracias a la presentación de documentos y estadísticas relacionadas con el mantenimiento de un ambiente seguro para nuestros niños y jóvenes. La Diócesis de Toledo es auditada anualmente por una agencia independiente para asegurar el cumplimiento con la Carta.

La Diócesis de Toledo renueva su compromiso de asegurar la protección a los niños y de proveer un ambiente seguro para todos los jóvenes. Si usted tiene conocimiento de algún abuso que haya sido cometido por algún miembro del clero o por cualquier empleado de la Iglesia Católica, le instamos a reportar dicho abuso al departamento local de policía, Servicios de Protección al Menor, así como contactar al Sr. Frank DiLallo, Coordinador de Asistencia a Víctimas de la Diócesis, al teléfono (419) 214-4880. Si lo desea, puede usted también enviar su correspondencia al Sr. DiLallo a: 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio, 43604.

When: Wednesday, May 10th
Where: St. John the Baptist, Glandorf
Time: 7 p.m.

To register, call Mary Ellen Halker at 419-538-6928.

When: Wednesday, June 7th
Where: All Saints, Rossford
Time: 6pm-8pm

When: Tuesday, August 29th
Where: All Saints, Rossford
Time: 9am-11am

When: Tuesday, August 29th
Where: All Saints, Rossford
Time: 6pm-8pm

To register, please call Audrey Caligiuri, 419-666-1393.

Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy
Diocesan Status Report

As of  December 1, 2013, allegations of sexual abuse of minors have been made against 46 clerics in the Diocese of Toledo for the sixty-two year period 1950-2012. All of these allegations have been reported to the appropriate civil authorities. Of these 46 clerics:

• 9 are religious order or extern priests (2 of whom are deceased and 1 is still under investigation) not under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Toledo, including John Gallen, SJ and Chet Warren, OSFS, whose cases have been published in the local media. The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales indicate that Chet Warren has been dismissed from the clerical state.
• 37 are priests and deacons of the Diocese of Toledo; of these

4 have been dismissed from the clerical state: Bernard Kokocinski, Lawrence Scharf, Glen Shrimplin (deacon) and J. Michael Tynan (deacon).

7 have been removed permanently from public ecclesiastical ministry: Robert J. Fisher, Steven G. Rogers, Joseph Schmelzer, John C. Shiffler, Robert Thomas, Lawrence F. Varney and Robert J. Yeager.

This is the result of responses received from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome and the provisions of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Essential Norms for the Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons.
16 priests are deceased, one of whom had been removed from public ecclesiastical ministry prior to his death (C. Neil Lucas) and another of who was barred from public ministry as a result of a credible allegation and died while awaiting the canonical disposition of his case (Thomas Beauregard). The remaining 13 can neither defend themselves against the accusation nor possibly be a future threat to anyone if the allegation were true.
1 priest was accused and, after an investigation, it was determined that the allegations were not credible;
5 priests asked to leave the active ministry and were allowed to return to the lay state. This was before any allegations were made to the Diocese against them. Of these 5 who left priestly ministry, allegations were investigated and have been found not only to be credible but substantiated against the following: Dennis Gray and Herbert Richey;
4 priests left the ministry without requesting that they be allowed to return to the lay state. Allegations made against John Hemstreet (deceased), Michael McLaughlin, Leo Welch range from credible to substantiated to admitted. After an investigation of the 4th priest, it was determined that the allegation was not credible.
The ultimate canonical (church law) disposition of cases is made according to the following provisions:

When even a single act of sexual abuse by a priest or deacon is admitted or is established after an appropriate process in accord with canon law, the offending priest or deacon will be removed permanently from ecclesiastical ministry, not excluding dismissal from the clerical state, if the case so warrants.

If an accusation is proven to be unfounded, every step possible will be taken to restore the good name of the cleric falsely accused.
Allegations range from credible to substantiated to admitted. By “credible” the Diocesan Sexual Abuse of Minors Policy states that “under all the circumstances known at the time of determination, a prudent person would conclude that there is a significant possibility that the incident occurred.”
To report any suspected or actual sexual abuse of a minor by Diocesan personnel, immediate contact should be made with local civil authorities, and with the Toledo Diocesan Case Manager, Mr. Frank DiLallo.  He can be reached at 419-243-2150 (private line) or 419-244-6711, ext 122 in the Toledo calling area, or 1-800-926-8277, ext 122 (outside Toledo, within Ohio).

1/17/2014

Diocese of Toledo Background Check FAQ

What kind of background check do I need to volunteer in the Diocese or Toledo?

*Important* Please note, these are the Diocesan minimums. Each entity may demand that its employees/volunteer have further requirements. Be sure to notify the Diocese of Toledo parish/school/entity that you will be working/volunteering for that you will be obtaining a background check so that they may provide you with any entity specific information that you will need to know prior to your background check.

All new volunteers, must complete:

  • Online Social Security Number background check via Selection.com (accessed through the VIRTUS link on the Diocesan website)

All current volunteers in the Diocese of Toledo, must complete:

  • Online Social Security Number background check via Selection.com (accessed through the VIRTUS link on the Diocesan website), within 5 years of their last fingerprinting

I know I need to be fingerprinted in order to work or volunteer at a Diocese of Toledo parish/school/entity. What exactly do I need to do?

All new non-educator employees in the Diocese of Toledo, must complete:

  • FBI fingerprint background check
  • Online Social Security Number background check via Selection.com (accessed through the VIRTUS link on the Diocesan website

All current non-educator employees in the Diocese of Toledo, must complete:

  • Online Social Security Number background check via Selection.com (accessed through the VIRTUS link on the Diocesan website), within 5 years of their last fingerprinting

All new licensed educator employees in the Diocese of Toledo, must complete:

  • FBI fingerprint background check, per Ohio Department of Education
  • BCI fingerprint background check, per Ohio Department of Education

All license renewal educator employees in the Diocese of Toledo, must complete:

  • FBI fingerprint background check, per Ohio Department of Education
  • Online Social Security Number background check via Selection.com (accessed through the VIRTUS link on the Diocesan website)

If you will be in the downtown Toledo area, fingerprinting services are available at the Diocese of Toledo, Pastoral Center.
Address:  1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH  43604
Hours: 
Tuesdays            12pm-4pm
Thursdays          9am–1pm

Cost:  $25 for FBI and $25 for BCI (Ohio), and $50 for both.  Cash and check payment only (no debit or credit cards accepted), checks should be made payable to Diocese of Toledo.

The electronic process takes approximately 10 minutes.  A driver’s license, along with the applicable fee, will be required at time of service.

If you are unable to stop by the Pastoral Center, you can locate a WebCheck location near you.
http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Services/Business/WebCheck/WebCheck-Community-Listing

I’m not an employee or volunteer at a Diocese of Toledo parish/school/entity, can I still utilize the fingerprinting services at the Catholic Center?

No, at this time we only provide fingerprinting services to employees and volunteers of Diocese of Toledo parishes, schools, and entities including those affiliated institutions such as Mareda Center, Maria Early Learning Center, Equal Access, Lourdes University, Padua Center, Catholic Club and Catholic Charities.

How long does it take for results to get to my parish/school/entity?

For those printed at the Pastoral Center, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will post your results electronically for the Pastoral Center to view.  This can sometimes take as little as an hour and can other times take several weeks.  Please know that this is out of the control of the Diocese of Toledo.  Fingerprinting results are posted weekly.  If they have been returned, to the Diocese of Toledo, your compliance officer will have access to the results once they are posted.  In addition, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will also send a copy directly to the Ohio Department of Education.

If you are fingerprinted at a WebCheck location other than the one at the Pastoral Center, it is your responsibility to request that your results be sent to the Pastoral Center or our parish/school/entity.

If you have questions about why your results have not yet been released, please contact Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Civilian Identification Office at 877-244-0043.

I know I have a record, now what?

Often times, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will not release your record directly to the Diocese of Toledo.  Instead, the Ohio Attorney General’s office will send a letter indicating the individual may have a record.  When the Diocese of Toledo receives this letter, a form will be mailed directly to you for completion.  The form should be sent to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and they will mail your record back to you.  If you receive your record, you should share it with your parish/school compliance officer or it can be sent directly to the Pastoral Center, Attn:  Jacqueline R. Maume.  Your record will be reviewed and then your parish or school will contact your to notify you of your eligibility or restrictions to work or volunteer.

I was told that my record was ‘MAILED’, but I don’t have a record!
Please call the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Civilian Identification Department at 877-224-0043 to discuss.

If you have additional questions about background checks and the specific requirements for your parish/school or Diocesan entity, please contact the parish/school/entity directly and ask to speak with the safe environment compliance officer.