Rev. Joseph N. Williams

Summary of Case: Williams left the priesthood in 1979 and became an attorney. He is known to have sexually abused a 12 year old boy for three years, beginning in 1984. He also raped an 8 year old boy in 1992, for which he was sentenced in 2008 to life in prison without parole.

Ordained
: 1969

   

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1969

Cleveland bishop was Clarence George Issenmann (1966-1974)

1974 St. Mary Magdalene Willowick OH

5/5

 

Parish had a school with 1,384-835 students.

1974

Issenmann was succeeded by James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980)

1976 St. Joseph's Lorain OH 1/2 Administrator  
1974 1976 Lorain Catholic High School Lorain OH Chaplain This was a coeducational school with 824-840 students.
1976 1980 On Leave/Sick and Absent on Leave

 

Sexually abused a 12 year old boy for three years, beginning in 1984. The abuse occurred in Summit County Ohio, New Jersey, and San Diego. (The Chronicle-Telegram December 31, 2008)

Raped an 8 year old boy in 1992 in a Warrensville Heights nursing home, where the boy was visiting with his family. (The Plain Dealer December 30, 2008)

OH  

Williams left the priesthood and became a lawyer.

In 2008 he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1992 rape of an 8 year old boy. (The Plain Dealer December 30, 2008)


Source
: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-1980)

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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 4, 2009

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