Fr. John J. Casey – Diocese of Metuchen

| Feb 26, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father John Casey

Diocese of Metuchen

Ordained: 1984

Placed on Leave (and eventually reinstated): 2005

Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1984-1986 St Philip and St James Parish (Phillipsburg, NJ)
  • 1986-1988 St Peter the Apostle Parish (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • 1988-1991 St Francis of Assisi Cathedral (Metuchen, NJ)
  • 1991 -2005 St Joseph’s (North Plainfield, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John Casey:

Father John Casey was ordained a priest in 1984 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, he was accused of committing an act of sexual abuse of a minor around 1987, while he was a parochial vicar at St. Peter the Apostle Parish in New Brunswick, New Jersey. No details were given about the victim’s gender or age at the time, nor was the nature of the sexual misconduct.

Although the Diocese emphasized it was a one-time incident, Casey still denied the allegation.  Law enforcement investigated, but found the statute of limitations had expired and no criminal charges were filed.

After the preliminary investigation, The Diocese Review Board came to the conclusion that the charges were “not without merit.” Casey’s removal from the church was, however, “temporary” due to the fact that he had not been found guilty of any crime.

Casey appears on the Diocese of Metuchen’s list of credibly accused priests, published in February 2019.  It is unclear if this finding relates to the 1987 allegation, which would had to have been revisited by the review board in light of its earlier “not without merit” finding, or if it relates to a different allegation.  The Diocese of Metuchen released no details.

Casey died in August 2008. The obituary referred to him as active pastor of St Joseph’s Church at the time of his death.

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