(RNS) — A United Methodist clergyman accused of sexual misconduct has “retired under complaint,” ending the denomination’s judicial process against the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman.
The formal church complaint against Heckman was first reported by United Methodist News Service in October.
Four women had filed a formal complaint against Heckman — an elder in the denomination’s West Ohio Conference who is well known in interfaith circles — accusing him of sexual harassment and misconduct, according to UMNS.
The women include Heckman’s ex-wife, Laura Heckman.
“This has been an arduous process, a burden, especially for the complainants. I deeply regret the harm that has been caused to any person due to an act of sexual misconduct by a pastor. There is no excuse,” West Ohio Bishop Gregory