The alleged victim of sexual assaults by a former Liberty Twp., Beavercreek and Dayton pastor has asked police to release a public letter pleading for others who claim to have been abused by the pastor to also come forward.
The 41-year-old man, who remains anonymous, has accused Rev. Geoff Drew, the ex-pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Hamilton County and St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Butler County, of sexually assaulting him between 1988 and 1991.
Drew was employed as a music minister at St. Jude School in Green Twp. in Hamilton County at the time of the alleged attacks and he remains in custody facing nine counts of raping the man when he was an altar boy at the school.
According to a letter released Thursday by Cincinnati police, who verified the man’s identity, the accuser wrote: “I approach you with my hands out to relay a message to others that may want to come forward and are struggling. To others that may be engulfed with the overbearing weight of shame, guilt, anger, disgust, and fear, I want to tell you that you are NOT(sic) alone.”
“I have come to the realization that approaching my fears and speaking out about the disgusting events that have transpired, can provide others with a chance not to feel that same pain,” wrote the man.
“This case becomes stronger when more people come forward. It is time to save others. Please don’t allow this story to fade, there are others out there,” the man wrote in his letter.
Drew spent nine years leading the St. Maximilian Kolbe Church until he was transferred last year to St. Ignatius of Loyola in Hamilton County.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has said he believes there are other alleged victims of Drew and also urged any with such claims to come forward.