Fr. Joseph E. Shannon

Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

“Jay.” Named in 1991 civil suit as having abused an altar boy ages 12-27. Placed on sick leave 1990. Diocese settled in 10/93 for $50K. Accused in a 1994 RICO pleading of abuse of another boy. Accused of involvement in sex ring with other priests. Denied allegations. Claims dismissed on SOL; settled 3/03 when all RICO claims settled. New suit filed 1/12 claiming abuse at St. Anthony of Padua School in Camden in the 1970s. Settlement reached 11/13. Died 9/19/13 at Vianney Retreat. On diocese’s list 2/13/19. Sued 12/19, accused of abuse in 1974 of boy, age 12. Plaintiff claimed abuse also by Revs. John Kelly and John Bernard. Two victims were brothers; accused in a suit pending in 12/20 of raping their sister, age 13.


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