Texas newspapers' investigation shows 3 local ministers arrested for sex abuse


    Several former Southern Baptist ministers with ties to the Tri-State were convicted on sexual abuse charges in the last two decades, according to a sweeping investigation published by two Texas newspapers. (Provided)

    CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Several former Southern Baptist ministers with ties to the Tri-State were convicted on sexual abuse charges in the last two decades, according to a sweeping investigation published by two Texas newspapers.

    They found more than 700 victims of sexual misconduct by church leaders or volunteers. John Diehl was an associate pastor at Piner Baptist Church in Morningview from 2004 until 2010 when he was arrested on sodomy and incest charges. He's out on parole.

    Joseph Niemeyer worked with children at the Banklick Baptist Church in Walton. He's serving 20 years in prison for molesting a young girl in his care.

    And Charles Engle served two years for assaulting a 15-year-old while he was a youth minister at First Baptist Church in Mt. Orab.

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