Fr. John L. Murray

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Ordained: 1947
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

First reports in 1967 to diocese of sex abuse of a young boy in 1966. Pled no contest in 1985 to charges of fondling a 12-year-old altar boy the same year, at St. Matthew-in-Woods. Sentenced to one year probation. Faculties removed. Sent to two treatment facilities. Retired 1987, moved to family home in Philadelphia. Another allegation 2016, of a 12-year-old boy in 1973 at Our Lady of the Americas in Conneaut Lake. Murray died in 3/18. Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Accused in a lawsuit of abusing a 12-year-old boy in 1959, while assigned to St. Paul’s in Erie. Settled in 12/19 in the low five figures.


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