Priest associated with Archdiocese of Cincinnati accused of sexually abusing young boys
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A priest from Cincinnati is accused of abusing young boys.
Police arrested Fr. Kenneth Hendricks Wednesday in the Philippines. He's now in jail in Manila. The Department of Justice is trying to get him back to Ohio for prosecution.
A cell phone picture from the Philippine Bureau of Immigration shows Hendricks looking at his arrest documents. Hendricks was working as a priest in the remote island town of Naval. Agents made the arrest after his alleged young victims came forward.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said Hendricks would have boys, who were interested in the church, stay at his home.
“That interaction would lead to kissing and then he would fondle genitals -- masturbate them or masturbate him and ultimately have oral and anal sex.”
Investigators have found 10 victims so far. One was only 7 years old and another reported more than 40 sexual encounters with the priest. They are all Filipino boys.
Special Agent Steve Francis says there's a good chance there are other victims.
“Mr. Hendricks has been active in the church for over 60 years and has been assigned to various locations within the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, as well as several locations in the Philippines,” Francis said.
Flight records show each year Hendricks would fly to Los Angeles then travel to Cincinnati for several months during the summer. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says he was not assigned to or worked with local parishes, to their knowledge.
Fr. Steven Angi, an archdiocesan chancellor, says he was not connected at all with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
“He was a missionary in the Philippines, ordained by the bishop of Naval. If he came back to this country, it was to visit his family or to raise funds for whatever he was doing in the Philippines,” Angi said.
Hendricks took his vows as a Franciscan friar at St. Anthony Friary in Mt. Airy in 1962.
Both the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Department of Justice are asking for help. If you know anything or believe you are also a victim, call 513-246-1461.