Fr. John R. Butler was accused of child sexual abuse when he worked as the choirmaster at St. Joseph’s in Kings Park, New York. Fr. Butler went on to work in multiple parishes within three dioceses. On April 11, 2002, the Diocese of Metuchen removed Fr. Butler from ministry in the wake of news that he sexually abused a young boy when he worked for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. In 2003, the Diocese of Metuchen settled with a survivor of Fr. Butler.
Fr. John R. Butler was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Richmond in 1957. He also worked in parishes in West Virginia and the Dioceses of Rockville Centre, Trenton, and Metuchen. Fr. Butler worked at the following locations:
(Sources: The Official Catholic Directory; http://www.bishop-accountability.org/ny-rockvillecentre/accused_priests.htm)
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