Br. John Justin O’Connor

Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Worked at schools in NJ, PA and NY. Two former students at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx came forward in 4/12 to allege that they were abused in the mid-1980s by O’Connor, then Dean of Discipline. He left the school in 1987 and, as of 2012, left the Irish Christian Brothers “within the past few years.” The order filed bankruptcy in 4/11, which opened the doors for the allegations to be made. O’Connor was also a teacher and principal at Power Memorial Academy in New York. Included on the order’s list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014. A lawsuit filed in 9/19 claims O’Connor sexually abused a boy, age 15, in 1986. The boy was a Cardinal Hayes High student. O’Connor reportedly is the subject of “dozens” of allegations and lawsuits. 

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