Rev. Patrick J. O'Connor

Summary of Case: O'Connor was removed from ministry in 2003 due to an allegation of having sexually abused a child in the late 1980s. He was cleared by the Vatican and reinstated in 2007. In 2008 another allegation surfaced, by a 27 year old man who reported he had been sexually abused by O'Connor when he was a teenager in 1997. O'Connor was again removed from ministry, and pleaded guilty in Sepember 2009 to corruption of a minor. He was freed on bond while awaiting sentencing.

Ordained
: 1985

   

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1985

Cleveland bishop was Anthony Michael Pilla (1980-2006)

1990 St. Joseph's

Cuyahoga Falls

Accused in 2003 of having sexually a child in the late 1980s while at St. Joseph's. (Akron Beacon Journal [Ohio]
October 29, 2003)

OH

2/3

 

St. Joseph's had a school with 320-257 students.
1990 1996 St. Basil the Great Brecksville OH 3/3, 2/2  
1996 2001 St. Jude

Elyria

• In 2008 a man reported that he had been sexually abused as a 16 year old by O'Connor in 1997, while O'Connor was at St. Jude's. (Morning Journal
July 8, 2008)

OH 2/2, 2/3 Parish had a school with 543-511 students, and a CCD program with 421-348 students.
2001 2003 Borromeo Seminary Wickliffe OH Religious Studies; Dean of Men  
  2003 Elyria Police Department     Chaplain  
2002 2003 Sacred Heart of Jesus (Hungarian) Elyria OH

1/1

 

Parish had a CCD program with 42 students.

2003

Pilla was replaced as bishop by Richard Gerard Lennon (2006-)

2007 Administrative Leave       O'Connor was suspended from active ministry in Sept. 2003 due to an accusation of having sexually abused a minor in the late 1980s. (Plain Dealer Religion Reporter
October 28, 2003)
2007   Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine Euclid OH Chaplain  
2007 2008 Provincial House of the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity Euclid OH Chaplain O'Connor was cleared by the Vatican and allowed to return to ministry in September 2007. (Plain Dealer
December 4, 2007) He resigned in June 2008 after a new allegation of abuse surfaced. (The Plain Dealer July 8, 2008) O'Connor was indicted on a charge of sexual battery in Aug. 2009. He pleaded not guilty to that charge, and in Sept. 2009 pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of corruption of a minor. He was freed on bond while awaiting sentencing. (The Chronicle-Telegram
September 16, 2009)


Source
: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1986-2009)

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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 2, 2009

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