Well-known Catholic school abuser died in prison over the weekend

WBAL NewsRadio [Baltimore MD]

May 15, 2023

By Bill Vanko

One of Maryland’s most infamous sex offenders has died in prison. 

John Merzbacher was serving four life sentences after being convicted in 1995 of raping a student in the 1970s at the catholic school in south Baltimore where he was a teacher. 

He was also accused of abusing at least 13 other young victims, sometimes using a gun in the abuse, but those charges were dropped when Merzbacher was sentenced to life.  

State corrections officials said Merzbacher was 81 when he died of what prison officials said were natural causes at a prison on the Eastern Shore.