August 24, 2003 by

John Geoghan


Categories: Criminals

John Geoghan, a defrocked priest who unleashed the latest sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, was murdered in prison on Aug. 23. He was 68.
Although an autopsy is scheduled for Monday, it appears Geoghan was strangled in the Souza-Baranowski Correction Center by fellow inmate Joseph L. Druce. A convicted murderer and neo-Nazi, Druce is already serving a life sentence and will face murder charges in Geoghan’s death.
More than 130 people claimed Geoghan sexually abused them as children when he served as a Boston priest. In 2002, he was convicted of indecent assault and battery for fondling a 10-year-old boy at a swimming pool.
Geoghan was ordained in 1962. He served the Catholic Church for 30 years, during which time he was repeatedly reassigned to new parishes when allegations of sexual abuse were made. Although the archdiocese settled with many of Geoghan’s victims for $10 million, he still faced more criminal trials and 86 lawsuits.

4 Responses to John Geoghan

  1. no borders

    I’ve heard that pedophilic abuse of boys pychologically instills at a young age the “need” for the perverse, and hypersexuality ‘re’ perverted sex. In short, they grow up with perverted sex needs that they of course have to hide. and ‘need’, no choice in the matter. So they get beat up, they ‘go gay’ re bars etc., drugs to hide the ‘trained need’ and so on. in short? Geoghan destroyed people, and when they were children.
    Joseph L. Druce? Way to go, Joe. Too bad the rest of us aren’t as brave and “head on straight” as you were in calling this one. You were in for life anyway, but you risked the chair? (maybe not your state) Hats off to you. You’re a hero, in any decent person’s mind. Living or dead, you’ve avenged 125 or so sets of parents, for the destroying of their children.
    For any prisons finding this on the net, you should be proud: Many people have heard your populations are the only ‘real’ court-room.
    Last thing: If a guard(s) helped ‘match make’, Joe, then tell him/her/them thanks for us out here!!! God bless you, Joe.

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