Fr. John J. McElroy, Jr.

Ordained: 1985
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Arrested in 5/88. Convicted in 1989 of abuse of a 12-year-old boy. Received a 5-year sentence. Lawsuit settled in 1990 for $700K. Laicized in 1993 so he could marry. Sued diocese because it would not pay his criminal defense fees. Case dismissed by Superior Court. Also named in 1994 RICO pleading. On diocese’s list 2/13/19.

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