Fr. John N. Petrocelli

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Removed from ministry 8/22/02. Accused in a lawsuit of abuse of a boy in the late 1980s. Court denied diocese’s Motion to Dismiss Negligence Claims on 9/20/07. Claim settled in 8/08 as part of a $1.326M settlement by the diocese. On the diocese’s list 7/1/19. In 10/20 a lawsuit against the diocese by a man alleging abuse as a boy by Petrocelli was dismissed, the judge ruling that church leadership cannot be labeled “perpetrators.” Indicted 11/2/20 by a statewide grand jury on charges of abuse of three young boys, occurring 11/81-10/90 while assigned to Holy Family in Woonsocket. Pled not guilty.


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