McClain could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.
Earlier this week, a group of three church leaders known as the reference panel requested a formal investigation conducted by outside legal counsel, which began Thursday. The diocese will notify the people of St. Paul’s when the disciplinary process is complete, Smith said.
The Episcopal Church’s Title IV canons, the process by which complaints of clergy misconduct are investigated and adjudicated, involves the bishop, laypeople, elected clergy, and the diocese’s clergy misconduct intake officer.
In addition to following all requirements of the Episcopal Church disciplinary process, the Diocese of Southern Ohio is cooperating fully with law enforcement, Johanssen said.