Fr. Joseph J. Seminatore

Ordained: 1969
Status: Faculties removed

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave in 2002 from Parmadale Family Services home after a man alleged sexual abuse there as a minor. Parmadale offered treatment to children with emotional problems. Seminatore denied the allegations. Three accusers filed suit in 07/02. In 8/02 Seminatore filed a countersuit, alleging conspiracy. Plaintiffs’ case dismissed on SOL; dismissal upheld by Appeals Court in 2006. Seminatore’s claim dismissed by trial court; upheld by Appeals Court 12/04. In 10/15 the diocese announced Seminatore’s administrative leave had ended, and he was granted retirement. This was after a tribunal of three canonists determined the charges were not confirmed. Included on the diocese’s list 6/21/19 of clergy with substantiated allegations against them of child sexual abuse. Permanently removed from ministry.

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