Assignment Record– Rev. Edward L. Ball, MSC
Summary of Case: Ball was indicted on four counts of abuse of minors in September 1992. He pleaded guilty to one count and was aentenced to nine months in jail and five years' probation. The family of two boys settled out of court in 1994. Ball was criminally charged in 1999 and pleaded no contest in 2001 to thirty-one counts of sexually abusing two other boys 1979-1986. He was sentenced to three years in prison. There was a $4.2M civil settlement from the Diocese and Order in June 2003. Ball may have returned to his order in Illinois after his release from prison in 2003. He died at some point before 2018.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1967-1979, 1984-1986, 1990-2001).
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This assignment record was last updated February 25, 2021.
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