Fr. J. Joseph Sands

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Ordained for the Trappists. Incardinated 1973 into the Manchester diocese. Accused in 5/28/03 attorney’s letter of sexual abuse at St. Bernard’s in Keene in 1966-69. Age of the complainant at the time of the abuse is unknown. Sands was murdered 5/11/79 when he tried to negotiate a hostage situation in the rectory of St. Rose of Lima in Littleton, NH. He was taken hostage and killed by a couple who then shot and killed themselves.


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