Indianapolis priest sentenced for domestic battery


Father Luke W. Reese

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UPDATE (Aug. 17, 2018)– Luke Reese was sentenced to three years. One year will be served on home detention with GPS, and the remaining two years will be suspended. He will also have one year of probation.

Original story:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis Catholic priest has been convicted in a domestic violence case.

Luke Reese was found guilty on three counts late Friday night after he was arrested in February.

He will be sentenced on charges of felony criminal confinement with bodily injury, misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury. The jury found him not guilty on charges of kidnapping and criminal confinement in which a vehicle is used.

Court documents show Reese’s wife told police he found her and another man in a vehicle. She told investigators Reese then drove her around while hitting her and ended up taking her to Holy Rosary Church, where he made her kneel at the altar and slammed her into a wall.

Reese became the first married priest in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis when he was ordained in June 2016. Reese is a former Anglican priest who was part of a group ordained into the Catholic Church.

He was placed on a leave of absence at Holy Rosary Catholic Church following the allegations.

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