Br. John D. Walsh (Franciscan Brother) – Diocese of Rochester

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Brother John D. Walsh (Franciscan Brother)
Diocese of Rochester

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother John D. Walsh:

Brother John D. Walsh, vice principal at the now-closed Cardinal Mooney High School in Greece, was arrested in 1985 and charged with kidnapping two adolescent boys from a downtown Rochester street and offering them money for sex, according to media reports. The boys, 11 and 12 years old, were released unharmed.

Walsh was not an ordained priest but a Franciscan Brother of the Holy Cross and had taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

He pleaded guilty to coercion and unlawful imprisonment and was sentenced to six months in jail.

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Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to