Fr. Robert N. Caparelli

Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

Many allegations. Report to diocese in 8/68, from Hazleton police, of abuse of two brothers, who were 11- and 12-year-old altar boys at Most Precious Blood. Mentioned “other situations.” Pastor had told Bishop McCormick prior November. Caparelli admitted to acting “too freely” with the boys. Sent to Padua Retreat House, assigned to St. Mary’s in Old Forge. Admitted to State Police in 1974 to molesting children. No charges. Made pastor in Milford 1981. Arrested 1991 for 1985 abuse of boy. Pled guilty. In 12/91 a man alleged abuse at St. Mary’s at age 11 or 12, along with other boys. Suit filed 12/91 alleging rape of boy 9/85-6/86 at St. Vincent De Paul. Sentenced 7/92 to 2 1/2 to 5 years prison. Another charge for abuse of a boy added time to his sentence in 1993. Had AIDS. Died in prison 12/24/94. Two suits settled 1996. A 2005 suit settled 1/07. New suit in 7/20 claims abuse of a boy, ages 10-13, starting around 1974.

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