Fr. Joseph A. Romansky

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Accused in 1985 of playing strip poker with boys, offering them money for oral sex, fondling them, and masturbating in front of them. Mother of one was given a condo, a car and a job. Pled guilty. Romansky received probated sentence; sent to St. Luke’s for treatment. Invited in 1988 by Biloxi MS Bishop Howze to work in a parish; Howze aware of his abuse history. Howze sent him back to Cleveland after four years. At least two civil suits filed; settled in 1991. Worked in nursing home until 2002 when placed on leave. Three more suits filed 9/02. Said to have likely abused dozens of teen African American boys and girls 1975-1995. Two priests said in 2002 that they had reported him to the Cleveland diocese in 1975. Died 7/04.


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