Fr. George Cooley

Ordained: 1976
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Archdiocese knew of complaints as early as 1971 when Cooley in seminary, and again in 1978. Numerous male victims. Pled guilty in 1991 to abuse of four boys; spent three months in jail. Sent to jail for 15 months in 1994 for stalking one of his victims. Arrested in 1996 for soliciting sex from police decoy posing as male prostitute. Given house arrest and three years probation. At least nine civil suits. Permanently removed 1990. Laicized in 1998 after church trial. Still had teacher’s license as of 10/06. License revoked 12/06. In 2019 living near Sharonville, OH and working as a bartender for parties and receptions.


Return to main database page. See abbreviations and posting policy. Send corrections.

Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.