Fr. John A. Pender
Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA
First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Ordered to psychiatric treatment by Bishop McCormick in 10/68, but did not comply. Left the diocese without permission. Diocese of Jefferson City contacted the Scranton diocese “years later” to say that Pender was ministering there. Assigned to parishes in Crocker MO in the 1970s and 1980s. Died 2009. Included on list from diocese to D.A. in 5/16 of priests against whom there were accusation of child sex abuse. Pender’s name was included with reference to an allegation in 2014 by a “John Doe.” On Jefferson City diocese’s list 11/8/18.
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