Fr. Jean Ronald Joseph

Ordained: 1993
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

From Haiti. Ordained for the Diocese of Venice. Accusations first made in 8/08. Agreed to a leave of absence in 12/08 pending an investigation of allegations that he had sexually abused a 16-year- old boy in 1993 at St. Frances Xavier parish in Ft. Meyers. Joseph denied all allegations. Canon law trial held in 2013 found denials not credible. Settlement of claims announced 08/20/14. It is believed he was laicized in 2013. Apparently case was settled only after secret 2013 documents were given to plaintiff showing the Catholic Church knew the priest was guilty of abusing him as a child and that other victims were also known.The decision to laicize was appealed to Rome.


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