Fr. Joseph Henn – Diocese of Phoenix

| Jan 14, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Joseph Henn


Diocese of Phoenix 

Ordained: 1978

Removed from ministry: 2006

Assigned in the Diocese of Phoenix as Follows: 

  • 1978-1982 St. Mark Parish (Phoenix, AZ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Henn:

Father Joseph John Henn was assigned by the Salvatorian order to serve at St. Mark parish in Phoenix from 1978 to 1982. He was later indicted on sexual abuse charges in 2003 for serially molesting an altar boy between the ages of 12 and 15.

Henn was eventually arrested in Italy in 2005, but escaped police custody before he could be extradited to the United States to stand trial. In May 2019, he was re-arrested by Italian police and extradited.  The criminal matter is now ongoing in the Arizona courts. 

As of July 2019, another man came forward with allegations against Father Joseph Henn of molestation. The victim attend St. Mark’s Catholic School at the time of the alleged abuse. Father Henn was his priest and sexual education teacher while assigned to the school. The man claimed that the abuse began when he was only in sixth grade. The alleged victim said he reported the abuse to the church about ten years later in 1991, but Henn wasn’t arrested and indicted on charges of abusing children until 2003.

In 2006, the Church defendants settled a civil lawsuit with the victim’s family.  

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