Father John J. Steger
Diocese of Rochester
Leave without privileges: 2006
Assigned as follows:
- 1951: Sacred Heart Cathedral; Rochester, NY
- 1952-1953: St. Joseph Parish; Wayland, NY
- 1954: St. Alphonsus Parish; Auburn, NY
- 1955-1969: St. Theodore Parish; Gates, NY
- 1970-2006: St. Jude the Apostle; Gates, NY
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John J. Steger:
In 2006, Father John J. Steger was placed on leave by the Diocese of Rochester after allegations that he had sexually abused a 12-year-old girl inside the church rectory on two separate occasions in 2006.
Steger was charged criminally with two counts of sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Steger pleaded not guilty to all charges, However, prosecutors and defense counsel began trying to reach a plea agreement due to Steger’s age (80) and poor physical condition at the time of his arrest.
Steger died in 2008, before the criminal proceedings concluded.
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