Fr. Joseph James Rocha

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Order: OP
Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Worked in dioceses/archdioceses of Washington DC, Boston, Nashville, Providence. Left priesthood 1986, laicized 1988. Per 9/01 article, pled guilty to 1999 sexual assault of a 21-year-old mentally disabled man; sentenced to 10 years probation, counseling. Ordered to register as sex offender. Died in 2009. Included on Attorney Garabedian’s list 3/28/16 of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards. Settlement with Order 11/15 re alleged abuse of minor 1968-69 at St. Stephen’s Priory in Dover MA. On Dominican Province of St. Joseph’s list in late 2018. On Providence diocese’s list 7/1/19.

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