A former Roman Catholic high-school choir director in Ohio has been indicted by a grand jury on 13 sex charges.
Zachary R. Ruppel, 27, faces trial for compelling prostitution, importuning and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and on 10 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
Ruppel was choir director at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus from 2010 until June this year.
The Catholic Diocese of Columbus issued this statement: “St. Francis DeSales High School and the Office of Catholic Schools has cooperated fully with law enforcement during the course of their investigation of Zachary Ruppel, and school administration has reached out to student, parents, and teachers to come forward with any information that may be pertinent to this investigation. “