Fr. Joseph Michael DeShan

Ordained: 1987
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Per 4/02 article, DeShan had a sexual ‘relationship’ with a 14- or 15-year-old girl in 1988. Girl became pregnant in 1989. DeShan took leave of absence after telling Bishop Egan. Egan allowed him to leave priesthood and begin a new life as elementary school teacher with no record of sexual misconduct. Laicized 1999. Teaching in NJ in 2002 when allegation revealed. Temporarily placed on leave for three weeks; allowed to return to teaching. Claim settled 10/03. Suspended again from Cinnaminson NJ public middle school teaching job in early 2019 after parents concerned about his history demanded his removal. A 12-year-old girl, who was his student, complained in 12/18 that he made her feel uncomfortable when he complimented her eyes. In 4/19 the state Dept. of Education ordered the district to return DeShan to his job. Per a report commissioned by the diocese in 2019, there was one victim, a 15-year-old girl, abused 1988-89.


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