Fr. Barry Meehan

Ordained: 1978
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Meehan worked in parishes in West Warwick, Cranston, and Providence. In 12/12 a man reported to the diocese that Meehan had sexually assaulted him between 1986 and 1991, when the man was a teenage boy. State Police were notified; during their investigation a second accuser was discovered who said Meehan sexually abused him when he was a teenager in 1991 and 1992. Meehan was placed on leave in 1/13. He denied the allegations. In 11/14 he was arrested and charged with five counts of first degree sexual assault; he pleaded not guilty. Meehan was laicized May 7, 2015. Died of a heart attack 12/8/16, age 67, while awaiting trial. On the diocese’s list 7/1/19.

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