Fr. John J. Mueller

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave in 7/02 due to allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old girl in 1962. Mueller denied allegation and was allowed to retire 3/03. Review Board said that evidence showed Mueller engaged in conduct defined as sexual abuse of a minor, but could not be removed from the priesthood because, at the time of the abuse, 16 was recognized as adult under church law. Mueller also allegedly abused a woman in 1977. Deceased, per diocese’s list in 6/19.


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