Priest Indianapolis Accused of Domestic Assault on his Wife
INDIANAPOLIS -- A local priest is accused of terrorizing his wife after he claims she was having an affair.
Father Luke Reese is facing charges of kidnapping, criminal confinement, battery and intimidation.
The court documents detail an encounter between Reese and his wife on a Sunday afternoon, September 24, 2017 when Reese said he found her in the back seat of a car with another man with whom she was having an affair.
Reese hit and kicked the man and ordered his wife to leave with him. They left in separate cars and eventually met up together and got into Reese’s car. She told investigators he locked the doors and began hitting her while they were driving.
Investigators say Reese eventually drove to Holy Rosary Catholic Church on the near east side of Indianapolis and forced his wife inside to kneel at the altar. She says Reese hit her in the church too.
Officers say they drove to Auburn, Indiana, where his wife was to "confess" about her adultery to her family members including her 90-year-old grandmother.
Reese’s wife details in the documents that her husband hit her several more times in the car. The grandmother told investigators that she noticed bruising and swelling around her granddaughter's mouth and eye.
Reese became the first married Catholic priest in the state in June of 2016, and he and his wife now have seven children together. According to The Criterion, a publication of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Reese was a former Anglican priest, who was part of a group ordained into the Catholic Church. That ceremony happened in Houston.
The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter out of Houston, Texas released this following statement on Reese's arrest.
"Upon receiving information related to alleged criminal conduct on Rev. Reese’s part, the Ordinariate and the Archdiocese immediately placed Rev. Reese on leave.
Since Sept. 27, he has not had any priestly duties and has been prohibited from exercising any public ministry.
Bishop Steven J. Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter has pledged the diocese’s full cooperation with the civil authorities conducting the investigation.
The Ordinariate is committed to collaborating with authorities to ensure justice is provided for all concerned, and affirms the Catholic Church’s clear teaching that domestic violence is never justified.
Rev. Reese is on administrative leave pending resolution of the case, which remains in the Indiana criminal justice system.
Out of respect for the privacies of everyone involved, the Ordinariate will not make further statements at this time. All questions regarding the investigation should be directed to the Indianapolis Police Department or Indiana Criminal Court System."