Rev. Paul Joseph Conn

Summary of Case: In May, 1988 Conn was charged with five felony counts of indecent liberties with minors. In July, 1988 he pleaded guilty to molesting six boys between the ages of 11-13. Also admitted to abuse of others police did not know about. Sentenced to four years in prison. Also a former supervising priest of another abuser, James McGreal. Civil suit settled wtih archdiocese in 1996. Laicized.

: 1985


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Seattle Archbishop was Raymond Gerhardt Hunthausen (1975-1991)

1988 Queen of Angels

Port Angeles

• Charged with indecent liberties involving boys under the age of 14 in 1988. The abuse was said to have taken place between 1987 and April 1988. (Associated Press, carried in The Oregonian
May 4, 1988) Pleaded guilty in July 1988 to molesting six altar boys between the ages of 11 and 13. Police knew of about a dozen cases, but didn't file charges on all of them. (Associated Press, carried in The Oregonian
July 27, 1988)

WA 2/2

Parish had a school with 249-221 students.

Conn was sentenced to four years in prison. (John roe vs Does, Cause No. 1156450, Superior Court of California)

1985 1988 St. Anne's Forks WA   This was a mission of Queen of Angels in Port Angeles.
1985 1988 St. Thomas the Apostle Clallam Bay WA   This was a mission of Queen of Angels in Port Angeles.
1985 1988   Neah Bay WA   This was a station of Queen of Angels in Port Angeles.
1985 1988   Makah A.F. Station WA   This was a station of Queen of Angels in Port Angeles.
1988 1991 Absent on Leave       Known as of May 2002 to have left the priesthood and to be living in California. (Seattle Times
May 5, 2002)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1986-1991)

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This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 10, 2009

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