The statute of limitations is up, but other victims still plan to testify against West Side priest Rev. Geoff Drew, according to court documents.
Drew was arrested in August 2019 on nine counts of rape.
Prosecutors say he raped a 10-year-old altar boy repeatedly beginning in 1988 while working as a music minister at St. Jude Elementary School and as a music teacher at Elder High School before becoming a priest.
Drew’s attorneys filed motions to dismiss the charges, but all of those motion were denied Tuesday by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz.
Drew is being held in jail on a $5 million bond and could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted on all the charges.
Ghiz also ruled left the door open Tuesday for another alleged victim to testify at trial.
Court documents state this St. Jude school student was under 13 when Drew began grooming and then raping the child between 1985 and 1987.
“Although this sexual abuse constituted rape, the crimes fall outside of the statute of limitations and that is why the state cannot indict Drew on additional charges,” the documents say.
Prosecutors also want to call a number of students and co-workers who want to testify about inappropriate touching, drinking on school trips and other behavior.
According to court documents, one witness said: “he and his friends never wanted to get caught alone with Drew because it was unknown what would happen and because other students would make fun on anyone being ‘alone with a creep.'”
Judge Ghiz said Tuesday that some of this testimony could be allowed at trial, but it is subject to further objections from the defense.
The decisions regarding this testimony were preliminary and will receive additional review.
A trial date has not yet been scheduled in Drew’s case.
Prosecutors: West Side priest Geoff Drew had other victims who want to testify
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