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Old 03-13-2019, 08:32 AM
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Ex-Priest ‘Credibly Accused’ of Sexual Abuse Found Dead
According to NJ.com, Capparelli was accused of groping teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s when he was active in ministry as a Roman Catholic priest
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A former New Jersey priest and teacher who was “credibly accused” of sexual abuse was found shot to death in his Nevada home over the weekend, authorities said.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office confirmed that John M. Capparelli, 70, was found dead Saturday when the Henderson Police Department conducted a welfare check in a residence around 9:30 a.m.

A preliminary investigation indicates the victim died in suspicious circumstances, and the incident is being investigated as a homicide, police say. They added that a suspect has not been identified at this time and police are following up on developed leads.

Capparelli is among the clergy listed by the Archdiocese of Newark who were “credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the Archdiocese of Newark.” Last month, the five dioceses in New Jersey released names of priests who were credibly accused of sexually abusing minors in incidents that dated back to 1940.

The Archdiocese of Newark’s list reports Capparelli as having had “multiple” victims. He was ordained in 1980 and was assigned to churches around New Jersey, including: Our Lady of Fatima, North Bergen; Oratory Prep, Summit; Holy Trinity, Westfield; and St. Theresa, Kenilworth. He was also a temporary chaplain at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, according to the archdiocese.

Capparelli was permanently removed from ministry and laicized, according to the archdiocese.

According to NJ.com, Capparelli was accused of groping teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s when he was active in ministry as a Roman Catholic priest.

After he stopped working as a priest, Capparelli began working as a math teacher in Newark public schools in 1993 until allegations surfaced against him in 2011, NJ.com reported. The state ultimately revoked his teaching certificates.

In a statement Tuesday, the Archdiocese of Newark said: “The Archdiocese of Newark has no information concerning Mr. Capparelli’s death or any investigation related to his death.”
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Ex-priest accused of sex abuse found shot dead in home

By Tamar Lapin
March 12, 2019 | 7:13pm | Updated March 12, 2019 | 7:31pm



A former New Jersey priest was shot dead in his Nevada home — a month after his name appeared on a list of Garden State priests credibly accused of sexual abuse, authorities said.

John Capparelli, 70, was found with a fatal gunshot wound to his neck in the kitchen of his home in Henderson, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said.

The defrocked Roman Catholic priest died under “suspicious circumstances” and his death is being investigated as a homicide, City of Henderson Police said.

“The world is a safer place without him,” said Richard Fitter, a man who accused Capparelli of abuse, to The Star-Ledger after hearing about his death.

“Whatever led to his death, it’s a certain amount of karma.”

A police spokeswoman wouldn’t say if Capparelli’s death is related to the sex abuse accusations against him because “the case is still an open investigation.”

Capparelli was accused of groping and brutalizing teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s. He was defrocked in 1992.

He also ran a website featuring young men wrestling in revealing bathing suits, according to the Star-Ledger.

He later worked as a Newark public school math teacher until his license was revoked in 2011, after allegations against him were made public.

Capparelli bought his home in Nevada in August 2016 and worked as a math tutor for high school and college students.

He was one of 188 priests named by the five New Jersey dioceses last month.
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