Fr. John M. Merklinger

Ordained: 1937
Status: Sued

Died: 05/5/1970
Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 7/21 under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a boy over two years, beginning in 1967 when the boy was age 8. Merklinger was assigned to St. Alphonsus in Auburn at the time of the alleged abuse, and the boy was a student at the parish school. Per the lawsuit, another priest witnessed the abuse, but did nothing. Merklinger died in 1970.

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