Former priest facing multiple sex trafficking charges has his trial pushed back until May 2023

FINDLAY, OH (WLIO) - A former priest who worked in Van Wert and Findlay has his trial pushed back until this spring on multiple sex trafficking charges.

55-year-old Michael Zacharias has his trial scheduled for May 2, 2023. Last month he was indicted on five charges of sex trafficking, three charges involved a minor and two an adult. There were three alleged victims and he pleaded not guilty to the charges which replaced charges he faced when he was arrested in 2020.

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