A Glouster Catholic priest has been convicted of sexual battery after impregnating a 17-year-old girl.

Henry Christopher Foxhoven, 45, of Glouster, Ohio, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Steubenville, appeared before a judge today.

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According to Athens County Prosecuting Attorney, Foxhoven was convicted of three counts of sexual battery and sentenced to 12 years in prison. When he is released he will be under five years of mandatory post-release control and will be subject to Tier III Sex Offender Registration which will require him to report every 90 days for life.

According to court records, Foxhoven admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, who is now pregnant with his child. Foxhoven was serving two churches in Athens County, including Holy Cross in Glouster, where the relationship allegedly took place.

Diocese of Steubenville officials say they notified the Athens County Sheriff as soon as they learned that Foxhoven had admitted to having a sexual relationship with a minor. According to Bishop Monforton, he is barred from church property.