Fr. Joseph F. Meighan

Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Accused in 1970 of disrobing and fondling at least four boys. Sent for evaluation and treatment, returned to ministry. Made pastor in Jackson in 12/81, then in Wilkes-Barre in 9/84, followed by Shavertown in 9/87. Removed and sent for treatment in 1990 after caught by a woman disrobing her 17-year-old son in the rectory parlor. Assigned to nursing home chaplaincies until removed from ministry 7/02. At least three more complaints 2003, 2007 and 2008. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.

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