Settlement in Molestation

Washington Post
February 10, 1990

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, N.J., agreed to an out-of-court settlement this week that guarantees nearly $ 2.3 million to a teenager who was molested by a priest.

The Rev. John J. McElroy, 30, was suspended from his post with a church youth ministry soon after his May 1988 arrest. He was convicted in June and faces five years in prison. He has appealed the conviction.

The assaults allegedly occurred from September 1986, when the boy was 12, through March 1988.

The boy "suffered physical injury, severe emotional distress . . . pain and embarrassment, is unable to live a normal life, is unable to engage in normal sexual development and activities, has lost his ability to have faith in God, his church and suffers from self-destructive behavior patterns," according to the civil suit.

The suit faulted the diocese for not conducting psychological testing of McElroy before placing him in the youth ministry post.


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