Fr. John Anthony Koonz

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

In 9/02 three men alleged that Koonz abused them at separate times when they were teens. Diocesan Misconduct Commission found claims credible. A man filed a civil suit in 12/03 alleging that Koonz and Fr. Edward Kennedy sexually abused him as a minor. Three people settled claims against Koonz as part of a $7.5M settlement in 7/04 between 45 claimants and the Diocese, involving 18 priests. Another suit was filed in 1/05. One settlement in 2008. Removed from all ministry. Died 11/27/13. Included on the diocese’s list of credibly accused.


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