Bishop John R. McGann

Ordained: 1950
Status: Sued

Died: 01/29/2002
Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre 1970-1976. Bishop of Rockville Centre 1976-2000. Died in 2002. In 2/2019 two women publicly alleged that McGann sexually abused them when they were girls in the 1960s and 1970s. One woman said McGann was a monsignor when she was abused by him, Msgr. Edward L. Melton and Rev. Robert L. Brown while all were at St. Agnes in Rockville Centre. The other accuser said Msgrs. McGann, Melton and Mr. John Hanlon, the St. Agnes parish janitor, abused her. Both women said that, when they were 11 in 1967, they were fondled while passed around the laps of priests at a Christmas party in the rectory.  In 10/2019 two women and a man filed suit alleging abuse as children by McGann.

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