Fr. John J. Whiteley

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Jefferson City MO

Accused in 1991 suit of abusing David Clohessy 1969-73 from about age 12. Abuse included touching the boy’s genitals and lying on top of him during trips, some of them out-of-state. Allegedly abused others including Clohessy’s brother Kevin, later a priest and himself accused of abuse. College chaplain from 1983; Army reserve chaplain by 1990; chancery job 1991; resigned and disappeared 1992. Case dismissed 1992 after MO Supreme Court decision on new SOL law. Reportedly became a flight attendant. Last known to be living in Naples FL, possibly moved to Miami area. Diocese gave David Clohessy $40,000 settlement 8/19/15. Clohessy asked the diocese to post names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics on parish websites and to warn FL Catholics about Whiteley; the diocese did not meet that request. As of 11/18 Whiteley had not been laicized. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.

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