Fr. Joseph Albert Fredette

Ordained: 1960
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Worcester MA

Fled to Canada in 1974 after accusations he sexually abused 2-3 boys, including rape, at a halfway house for delinquents. Indicted in 1992. Arrested in 1994 and extradited from Canada. Civil suit filed in 1993 in NH by another man. Settled for $100K in 10/94. Convicted in 1995. Sentenced to three concurrent 4-5 year sentences in prison. Served his time and was released. MA Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 10/02, citing procedural errors. Named in D.A.’s report on the Worcester Diocese. Died in MI 6/13/10. (Per Directories, was Joseph R., AA. There is a Joseph P. MS, ordained in 1957- not the same priest.)


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