Catholic Diocese: Fmr. New Albany priest who took his own life was on administrative leave

6 On Your Side has been looking into allegations against Father James Csaszar since November. (Courtesy: Catholic Diocese of Columbus)

6 On Your Side has been looking into allegations against Father James Csaszar since November.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office released a document stating the New Lexington Police Chief asked its office for help about a complaint of an inappropriate relationship between a priest and a 16-year-old boy.

Father Csaszar committed suicide yesterday at a downtown Chicago hotel. The medical examiner’s office cited the cause of death as multiple injuries due to a jump from height.

Father Csaszar was the pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in New Albany and had been on administrative leave since November 7th after the Catholic Diocese of Columbus says it was made aware of excessive and questionable texts and phone calls with a minor. The diocese got the New Lexington Police Department involved to also look into allegations of misuse of church funds while Father Csaszar served as pastor of St. Rose Parish.

The New Lexington police chief says the case isn’t closed at this point. They will take his suicide into consideration as to how they move forward.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office says any and all search warrants, in this case, have been sealed by court order and the investigation remains ongoing.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow this story.

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