Fr. William C. O’Connell

Ordained: 1950
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Assigned to four parishes in three years, then became a Navy chaplain 1953-58. Resigned to avoid court martial for “criminal homosexual contact.” Reassigned in Providence. Abuse of three boys 1965-72 alleged in suit settled 6/11/93 and 10/31/94 RICO suit. Pled guilty to abuse of three boys 1972-85; sentenced 6/23/86 to five years, four suspended. Sent to St. Luke’s for treatment. Retired 1986 to Camden. Pled guilty 12/19/94 to sexual assault and making child porn; got ten years 2/95. Other suits part of 9/9/02 and 3/03 settlements. Died 5/12/96. On the diocese’s list 7/1/19.

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