Fr. John J. Morel
Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ
Sued in 1994 in massive RICO petition. A man claimed in a 1993 written statement that Morel abused him 1973-81. In 1995 pled guilty to harassment by touching; sentenced to six months probation and counseling. Placed on administrative leave at the time of the accusations. On archdiocese’s list 2/13/19. Multiple victims noted. Died in 2016. Named in 12/19 suit by two male cousins claiming abuse by Morel while he was assigned to Holy Family in Union City. One alleged abuse in 1969 at age 9 or 10, the other ages 5-12 during 1963-70.
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