For Immediate Release: September 11, 2023
Catholic Diocese of Richmond Statement Following Charges Against a Former Catholic School Teacher
(RICHMOND) – On Sept. 11, 2023, Daro Ing, a former third-grade teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School (OLOL) was indicted on multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and aggravated sexual battery.
On May 2, 2023, the school administration was made aware of an accusation against Mr. Ing and immediately removed him from the classroom, placed him on administrative leave, and contacted the authorities. OLOL leadership cooperated fully with the Henrico Police Department and Child Protective Services investigations. The diocese and OLOL will not be able to comment on or answer any questions regarding this case while the legal process continues to move forward.
Mr. Ing was hired in January 2022. He underwent a background screening, fingerprinting, and reference check, and he completed child safety VIRTUS® training, as mandated by the Diocese of Richmond.
Bishop Knestout recognizes the courage it took for the children and families to come forward. He is deeply saddened that this has occurred anywhere, especially in one of our schools. Understanding the suffering this has caused, the diocese will make resources available to support these children and other OLOL families and students.
These charges serve as a reminder that we must remain vigilant in the area of child protection. Bishop Knestout thanks the OLOL staff for their quick action in response and the professional way this case has been handled by law enforcement.
The diocese encourages anyone who has been a victim of abuse by clergy, religious, lay church personnel or volunteer of the diocese and has not yet reported it is encouraged to do so. Please call law enforcement first, including Child Protective Services (CPS) at 1-800-552-7096. Individuals are also encouraged to contact the 24-hour confidential Victim’s Assistance reporting number at 1-877-887-9603 or email [email protected].