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Priest In Sex Abuse Scandal Killed In Prison  
User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/08/23/geoghan/index.html
Priest in sex abuse scandal killed in prison
Geoghan serving sentence for molesting boy in 1991
Saturday, August 23, 2003 Posted: 6:39 PM EDT (2239 GMT)



John Geoghan

(CNN) -- John Geoghan, a defrocked Roman Catholic priest and convicted child molester, died Saturday after he was assaulted in prison, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections told CNN.

Geoghan was injured during an incident with another inmate about noon and died shortly after being taken to Leominster Hospital, Department Of Corrections spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said.

Geoghan became a central figure in the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal. He was found guilty in January 2002 of molesting a boy in a swimming pool a decade earlier and sentenced to nine to 10 years in prison.

"The other inmate involved was immediately identified and isolated," Nantel said.

The Corrections Department is working with the Worcester County District Attorney's office in the investigation, she said.

"We'll share our results with the D.A.'s office," she said. "From there they'll decide whether charges will be filed. Obviously the other inmate will face disciplinary measures."

More than 130 people have accused Geoghan of sexual abuse during his 30-year career in six parishes. Geoghan was defrocked in 1998.

The Catholic Church paid millions of dollars from civil suits filed in connection with allegations against Geoghan. The church is still dealing with a settlement for others who say they were abused.

Earlier this month, a group rejected a settlement offer of $55 million from the Boston Archdiocese.

The Rev. Christopher Coyne, a spokesman for the Boston Archdiocese, spoke about Geoghan's death soon after the state's announcement.

Coyne said the church "offers prayers for the repose of John's soul and extends its prayers and consolation to his beloved sister Kathy at this time of personal loss."

Luise Dittrich, communications director of Voice of the Faithful, a support group of lay Catholics for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy, said Geoghan's death will not make life easier for his victims.

"It's a very sordid end to a very sordid story," Dittrich said. "It's our feeling that a violent act like this does a lot of negative things to the psyche of survivors who are trying to heal and trying to come to peace with what has happened to them. Any kind of violence like this will just stir up pain all over again."

She added, "It's just hideous all around."

The 2002 verdict pertained to only one case, in which he was charged with indecent assault and battery against a 10-year-old boy. The boy was a college student when he testified that Geoghan reached under his swimming suit and grabbed his buttocks while the two were in a pool at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club in 1991.

Geoghan said he touched the boy only to help him out of the pool.

A psychiatrist testified that Geoghan acknowledged having sexual fantasies about children.

"We discussed his ability to control his sexual fantasies and his sexual feelings about women and boys," testified Dr. Edward Messner, a Boston-based psychiatrist who said he treated Geoghan between December 1994 and July 1996.

Also during the trial, jurors in Middlesex County Superior Court heard from Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, who once oversaw the Boston area.

In 1991, Hughes testified, he forbade Geoghan from going to the swimming club after a friend of the boy's family complained to the church.

Hughes said he made that decision based on a report that Geoghan had been proselytizing at the pool there and had conversations that could be interpreted as "prurient."



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User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 1590 times:

He'll sure be missed... Yeah sure

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29832 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

Wow! God works even in General Population


OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 1544 times:

I hope the detainee who killed him gets his punishment upped by a couple of years.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29832 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 1542 times:

Actually, I would wager there are a lot of people in Boston right now, that hope he gets his sentance reduced


OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2743 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 15 hours ago) and read 1531 times:

Did this world a favor.

User currently offlineBmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1470 times:

1 less sick priest in the world s a good thing!

User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1450 times:

The man that killed him, Joseph Druce, is a Nazi supporter and is serving a life sentence for murder. He will face murder charges for this attack.

http://www.whdh.com/news/articles/local/A25544/

R41


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

Do they have the death penalty in Mass? or is life the most he'll face? (he's serving life anyway)


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1415 times:

Some sick nazi who thinks he can become a hero (for some) by slauthering a sick old priest ..

he had nothing to lose anyway ..


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1408 times:

Nobody deserves to be murdered...

I hope the murderer is brought to justice.


User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

Yesterday's Sunday Mass in my Catholic Church includes the "Lord hear our prayer" session. The names of those who had died and those who mourn them were read. This man's name wasn't. Many within the Church, had no sympathy for a man who tortured youth. Of course the Church teaches forgiveness...

One thing is certain...he will NEVER hurt another child again. I agree with Keesje and EGGD's post...nevertheless, one less pedophile.

B4e-Forever New Frontiers


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1350 times:

Somehow I doubt this was some kind of coincidence that Geoghan was placed in a cell with a prisoner who was in jail for killing another gay man.


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineWestjet_737 From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 869 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

I do not feel bad for this man, he f**ked up his life (literally) and paid the concequences. I am not saying he should of been killed, but he made choices that put him in a really bad place.

I sure hope they don't let the murderer off easy either...


User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2743 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1333 times:

he f**ked up his life

And a lot of others lifes, I can tell you right now if I had been in the same cell I would have done the same.



User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1318 times:

I disagree with what a lot of people are saying here. This man did not deserve to die in prison. Nobody should just take the law into their own hands like this, and think they can bring about their own kind of justice. In this case, it was the man who killed the priest.

The courts gave this man his punishment, a jail sentence. They did not give him a death sentence.

As for the man who did this murder, he should have his jail sentence extended, and if the courts see it so, give him the death penalty. He killed another man in cold blood, and is already in jail for previously commited henious crimes.



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User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

he should have his jail sentence extended, and if the courts see it so, give him the death penalty.

He's already serving a life sentence, and there's no death penalty in MA.

R41


User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

I'm glad he's dead. I apologize if you think I'm being crass or just plain cruel, I don't care. No one should do that to a child.

One friend said that God works in mysterious ways and gave him what he deserved.

I think God said f**k him and let the devil take over on this one.



User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4616 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1284 times:

Somehow I doubt this was some kind of coincidence that Geoghan was placed in a cell with a prisoner who was in jail for killing another gay man.

I love how some narrow-minded people think pedophilia in as another word for homosexuality. I think it has been more than proven that the vast majority of this country's child molesters are straight, middle aged white men.


User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1279 times:

With the eye for an eye mentality on this board, no wonder this nation is getting so f***ed up.



User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1278 times:

**** a defrocked Roman Catholic priest ****


That is the funniest thing I have read in such a long time...

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On a more serious note, I will reiterate what Tbar220 said in the post above.

The courts gave this man his sentence and it wasn't a death sentence.

mb

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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1266 times:

Ouboy79 said:

I love how some narrow-minded people think pedophilia in as another word for homosexuality. I think it has been more than proven that the vast majority of this country's child molesters are straight, middle aged white men.


You quoted my comment so I'm going to assume this comment is directed at me. All I'm going to say is, you read so much hoopla in to what I said that my head is now spinning.

I never said that pedophilia is another word for homosexuality, nor did I assert that a disproportionate amount of pedophiles are gay. Let's examine the facts only: John Geoghan, who was a gay pedophile, was killed by someone who should have never had access to him; a person who had a documented hatred of both gays and pedophiles, and was in prison himself for killing a gay man.

If you were running a prison, would you place a drug dealer in the same cell as a man who hates drug dealers with a passion and is in prison for killing a drug dealer? Same analogy.



Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1244 times:

I ripped him a new one while in jail.
Signed, JCS17



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