Fr. Patrick J. O’Connor

Ordained: 1985
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Removed 9/03 after review board found credible a recent claim that he had sexually abused a child in late 1980s at St. Joseph’s in Cuyahoga Falls (1st assignment after ordination). He denied the allegation. Teaching at Borromeo Seminary in 2003. Cleared by the Vatican and returned to active status 9/07 with restrictions. “Resigned from priesthood” 6/08 after allegations of abuse of 15-year-old boy in 1997. Indicted 8/09. Pleaded guilty 9/09. Sentenced to 90 days jail 12/09. Sued by accuser 7/11. Laicized, per diocese’s list in 6/19.

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