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Priest Arrested On Drug Charges

Published: Jan. 10, 2007 at 2:01 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2007 at 11:40 PM EST
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Father Gaeke walks out of jail after posting bond Tuesday night.
Father Gaeke walks out of jail after posting bond Tuesday night.

A Cincinnati Archdiocese priest was in jail yesterday on drug charges.

Hours after being arraigned on those charges, Father Thomas Gaeke walked out of the Kenton County Jail, released on bond posted by his brother.

Police arrested Gaeke in Covington while he was visiting friends. They say cocaine and drug paraphernalia was found in his possession.

Gaeke's brother told FOX19 News that the priest has had health problems and was on medical leave from the archdiocese. However, Gaeke apparently did say mass in Dayton over the Christmas weekend, several days before ending up behind bars.

Gaeke, according to the archdiocese, worked for Saint Mary and Holy Family Churches in Dayton until 2000.

After that, Gaeke's brother said that because of severe diabetes and heart problems, the priest moved to Florida but was back in town for the holidays which included a mass at Holy Family.

Gaeke's brother told FOX19 News that he had never been in trouble before. When asked about whether or not the priest ever had drug problems, Gaeke's brother had not comment.

Gaeke was arrested on Monday but his family apparently didn't find out until Tuesday afternoon and posted his 25-hundred bond.

Report: Chris Shaw

FOX19.com Producer: Cliff Jenkins