Fr. John Robert Butler

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Ordained for Diocese of Richmond, VA. Worked in WV, Rockville Centre, Trenton and Metuchen dioceses. Removed 4/11/02 in Metuchen after man complained to diocese that he and numerous others had been abused by Butler in Rockville Centre in the 1950s and 1960s. The man said he had complained to the Rockville Centre diocese when he was a teen, but no action, and that the diocese moved Butler to a parish in Brooklyn. Worked in Trenton and Metuchen dioceses 1971-2002. Also allegedly abused at least one in Metuchen; this individual was included in Metuchen settlement of 2/03. Named in 5/19 suit accusing over 300 in NJ. On Richmond diocese’s list 2/13/19. Laicized. On Rockville Centre’s list in 3/21. Accused in a 9/21 lawsuit of abusing a boy, ages 9-12, during 1995-98, while Butler assigned to St. John Vianney School in Colonia, NJ. Butler died in 2016.


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