Fr. Joseph P. Bonner

Ordained: 1953
Status: Settled

Died: 07/23/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese’s list 8/19/18. Retired in 1998. Report to the diocese in 5/02 that Bonner molested a boy in 1975. The boy and his family were visiting from Arizona and stayed the night in the rectory. Bonner allegedly got into bed with the sleeping boy who awakened while the priest was fondling him. Bishop Timlin said the diocese was not responsible and that the accuser should contact Bonner. Settlement in 1/03 for $25K with confidentiality agreement. In 11/04 a 47-year-old man alleged sex abuse by Bonner at age 14-16. Diocese agreed to pay for 20 counseling sessions for the accuser. Bonner died in 2007.

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