Fr. Joseph N. Williams

Ordained: 1969
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Left the priesthood in the late 1970s. Became an attorney. Sentenced to life in prison without parole 12/30/2008 on charges he raped an 8-year-old boy in 1992. Rape occurred at a nursing home where the boy had gone to visit family. While a priest, Williams also served as chaplain at Lorain Catholic High School. He also sexually molested a 12-year-old boy for 3 years, beginning in 1984. At trial Williams admitted to “sexual trysts” with other men and that some were with children. Lost appeal in 5/2016. On the diocese’s list 6/21/2019. Noted to have been permanently removed from ministry.

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