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August 31, 2002 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge here has reinstated child rape charges against former priest John J. Geoghan, whose January trial on lesser charges set off a massive sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. In restoring charges that date from the early 1980s, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Margaret Hinkle reversed her ruling of nearly six months ago that prosecutors had waited too long to indict Geoghan on charges of fondling and orally raping a boy who was 7 to 10 years old.
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September 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A court vacated the child molestation conviction of former priest John Geoghan because he died in prison during his pending appeal, a ruling that angered accusers of the former cleric. The decision by the Massachusetts Appeals Court is customary under state law when convicts die mid-appeal and attorneys seek to have their convictions voided. Mitchell Garabedian, who represents many of Geoghan's alleged victims, called for the law to be changed. "It's as though the reporting of father John J.
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September 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A court vacated the child molestation conviction of former priest John Geoghan because he died in prison during his pending appeal, a ruling that angered accusers of the former cleric. The decision by the Massachusetts Appeals Court is customary under state law when convicts die mid-appeal and attorneys seek to have their convictions voided. Mitchell Garabedian, who represents many of Geoghan's alleged victims, called for the law to be changed. "It's as though the reporting of father John J.
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August 24, 2003 | Elizabeth Mehren and Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writers
Former priest John J. Geoghan, the convicted child abuser whose prosecution launched a worldwide pedophilia scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, was killed in prison Saturday by a fellow inmate. Geoghan, 67, was assaulted around noon at a prison in Shirley, about 30 miles outside Boston. He died shortly after being rushed to nearby Leominster Hospital, according to Kelly Nantel, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Correction. Worcester County Dist. Atty. John J.
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August 24, 2003 | Elizabeth Mehren and Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writers
Former priest John J. Geoghan, the convicted child abuser whose prosecution launched a worldwide pedophilia scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, was killed in prison Saturday by a fellow inmate. Geoghan, 67, was assaulted around noon at a prison in Shirley, about 30 miles outside Boston. He died shortly after being rushed to nearby Leominster Hospital, according to Kelly Nantel, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Correction. Worcester County Dist. Atty. John J.
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September 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A prisoner serving a life sentence for murdering a gay man has been charged with killing the pedophile former priest at the heart of a clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, prosecutors said. A grand jury in Worcester County indicted Joseph Druce, 38, in the Aug. 23 murder of John J. Geoghan, a 68-year-old defrocked priest who was serving a prison sentence for fondling a boy. About 150 people had accused Geoghan of abusing them.
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May 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
MASSACHUSETTS An appeals panel refused to reduce defrocked priest John J. Geoghan's nine- to 10-year sentence for groping a boy, a punishment his lawyer called overly harsh. Geoghan's attorney, Geoffrey Packard, argued that Geoghan, 66, had no prior convictions and was penalized in part due to the massive publicity surrounding his and other cases of priest sex abuse. Geoghan was convicted in January for molesting a 10-year-old boy in 1991.
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March 14, 2002 | Associated Press
Pope John Paul II on Wednesday accepted the resignation of a Florida bishop who admitted molesting a teenager more than two decades ago. Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell, 63, of the diocese of Palm Beach, announced his resignation Friday after admitting that he touched a former student at a St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Missouri. The student, Christopher Dixon, now 40, said they touched inappropriately in bed after he sought counseling from O'Connell in the late 1970s.
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August 11, 2003 | From Associated Press
Alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse on Sunday challenged the Archdiocese of Boston to improve the $55-million offer it extended to 542 abuse victims last week, calling it inadequate in helping to mend shattered lives. At a news conference outside the archdiocese's chancery grounds, members of several victims' groups said the settlement must not fall short, because it will be a model for other large-scale abuse cases around the nation.
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March 13, 2002 | From Associated Press
In one of the biggest such settlements on record, the Archdiocese of Boston has agreed to pay up to $30 million to 86 people who accused now-defrocked priest John J. Geoghan of child molestation. "Accepting this money is not going to end the turmoil in their lives," said plaintiffs' attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who announced the settlement at a news conference Tuesday. "They are not going to be buying yachts and floating around the Bahamas. There's tremendous pain here."
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August 31, 2002 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge here has reinstated child rape charges against former priest John J. Geoghan, whose January trial on lesser charges set off a massive sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. In restoring charges that date from the early 1980s, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Margaret Hinkle reversed her ruling of nearly six months ago that prosecutors had waited too long to indict Geoghan on charges of fondling and orally raping a boy who was 7 to 10 years old.
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January 26, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
A jury in Worcester, Mass., convicted a prison inmate Wednesday of murdering John J. Geoghan, the defrocked Roman Catholic priest at the center of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Boston Archdiocese. Joseph L. Druce, 40, had admitted strangling Geoghan in Geoghan's prison cell on Aug. 23, 2003. Jurors in Worcester, about 40 miles west of Boston, rejected Druce's claims that he was insane when he killed Geoghan and that he believed he was protecting children by doing so.
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August 25, 2003 | From the Washington Post
John J. Geoghan, the former priest and convicted child molester killed in a Massachusetts prison Saturday, was followed into his cell after lunch by a fellow inmate who bound and gagged him before strangling him with a bed sheet, according to a union representative for prison guards. The attacker, whom authorities identified as Joseph L.
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