Fr. John Beaman Hesch

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Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Accused in 1995 of abusing several youths in his role as a sex education teacher. Teachers complained about Hesch’s physical handling of children. Church investigated; said they would sent him to counseling, but did not. In 1994 a 21-year-old man died by suicide. Parents asked church to keep Hesch away from funeral. Weeks later Hesch killed himself after confronted by church officials about abuse. He claimed he was innocent. Bishop said to have ignored information on other victims in 1994. On diocese’s list 2/13/19.

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