Fr. Gavin O’Connor

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Two brothers filed separate suits alleging abuse by O’Connor. One settled in 1989, the other in 1998 for $200K. Bishop Egan suspended O’Connor in 1/89 and persuaded him to leave the priesthood. Egan personally took laicization petition to Rome. Removed from ministry and laicized in 1989. Per a 6/02 article, Egan paid O’Connor around $17K – $20K to cover personal debts and living expenses when he left the priesthood. A 2019 report commissioned by the diocese states there were five victims, all boys ages 13-19, four of them brothers, abused 1977-85.

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