Fr. John J. Szantyr

Ordained: 1957
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Worcester MA

Ordained for the Marian order; dismissed by the order in 1972. Assisted at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, CT in the early 1970s. Sent to treatment in MA in 1975. Prohibited in 1978 from ministry in the Hartford archdiocese after an allegation received. Became priest of the Worcester Diocese in 1980. Per 8/02 article, a youth accused Szantyr in 1987 of molesting him for two years. Family went to police; charges not pursued. Szantyr left MA in 1986 or 1987. Charged in 6/03 with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Had been accused of molesting two altar boys. No trial as of 4/07 due to Szantyr’s mental condition. A private investigator found him walking and driving on his own in 5/07. Civil suit filed 1/05. Ruled incompetent to stand trial 5/08. Died 5/16/14 in Waterbury, CT. Charges were pending, then formally dropped after his death. On the Hartford archdiocese’s list 1/22/19.


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