Father John “Jack” Downs
Diocese of Ogdensburg
Assigned as Follows:
- 1955-1968 Sacred Heart (Massena, NY)
- 1968-1969 Diocesan Consultor (Redwood, NY)
- 1969-1980 Director of Radio and Television
- 1973 Adams, New York
- 1978 West Chazy, New York
- 1987-1990 Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (West Virginia)
- 1990-2004 St. Joseph’s (Massena, NY)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John “Jack” Downs:
In August of 2019, a lawsuit was filed under the New York Child Victims Act that included allegations against Father John “Jack” Downs. The alleged abuse occurred in 1995 and allegedly involved a 16-year-old.
The Diocese of Ogdensburg acknowledged the claim and had an internal investigation before reporting it to law enforcement, then deemed the claim unsubstantiated. No further information has been released about the number of alleged victims or the time frame of the alleged abuse.
Father John Downs has continued to remain an active priest in semi-retirement in Ogdensburg as of August 2019.
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