Fr. John M. Capparelli – Archdiocese of Newark

Father John Capparelli

Archdiocese of Newark

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Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Fatima (North Bergen, New Jersey)
  • Oratory Prep School (Summit, New Jersey)
  • Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church (Westfield, New Jersey)
  • The Church of St. Theresa (Kenilworth, New Jersey)
  • Valley Hospital (Ridgewood, New Jersey) (temporary Chaplain)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Capparelli:

According to media reports, Father John Capparelli was accused of molesting and groping multiple young boys between 1980 and 1992. He was suspended from ministry.

Capparelli became a math teacher in Newark public schools in 1993.

In 2011, when the first allegations were made public, 20 other men came forward to report their own abuse by Capparelli.

In 2011, the State of New Jersey launched an investigation into the allegations that eventually ended in Capparelli surrounding his teaching license in 2013 as part of an administrative settlement.

According to one media report, Father Capparelli visited fetish websites with young boys wrestling in skimpy outfits and participating in other erotic behavior. The report also accused Capparelli of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a Westfield company where he worked part-time as an accountant in the late 1980s. The firm’s owners did not press charges because Capparelli family made restitution.

In February 2019, Capparelli’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests.  The Archdiocese of Newark did not provide any details about the allegations that led to his inclusion, including the age/genders of the victims, or Capparelli’s assignment(s) at the time of the abuse.

In early March 2019, John Capparelli was found shot dead in his Nevada home.  According to the Archdiocese of Newark, Capparelli was laicized before his death.

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