Former Priest Accused of Sex Abuse of Minors Found Shot to Death

A former priest accused of molesting minors was found dead Saturday morning in what police say they are investigating as a homicide.

On Saturday, police conducted a welfare check on John Capparelli — a former priest and teacher in New Jersey who moved to Henderson, Nevada — and found him dead in the kitchen with a gunshot wound to the neck. . .

Capparelli, NBC reports, is one of over 180 clergy listed last month by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark as having been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors during his time as a priest. . .

The sex abuse claims against Capparelli date back to the 1970s through the early 1990s. “Though he was never convicted of a crime, multiple accusers said Capparelli made them wrestle in swimwear while he took photos,” NJ.com noted in its report on his death. “He was also linked to a fetish website that he allegedly ran from his home.”

After being laicized, Capparelli went on to be a public school teacher in Newark for about two decades, NJ.com reports. He had his teaching certificates revoked after reports about the allegations surfaced. Capparelli made headlines in May 2014 after his presence at an event in Wayne, New Jersey resulted in the suspension of the pastor who allegedly invited him as a personal guest. (Read more from “Former Priest Accused of Sex Abuse of Minors Found Shot to Death” HERE)

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