Disgraced New Jersey priest, 70, found shot to death in Nevada after he moved states to flee accusations of sexual abuse

John Capparelli, 70, was found shot dead in his home in Henderson, Nevada, by police, who were called to conduct a welfare check on him at 9.30am on Saturday.


                            Disgraced New Jersey priest, 70, found shot to death in Nevada after he moved states to flee accusations of sexual abuse

A disgraced New Jersey priest was found shot to death in his new home after he moved to Nevada after being "credibly accused" of sexual abuse.

At around 9.30 pm on Saturday, 70-year-old John Capparelli was found shot dead at his Henderson, Nevada, residence, Daily Mail reports. Capparelli had been shot once in the neck. His body was found in the kitchen about 5:10 p.m., according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Law enforcement found his body inside the apartment after they were called to conduct a welfare check on the accused pedophile. While authorities have categorized his death as a homicide, they are yet to release further details about his killing.

Capparelli was accused of groping young boys and photographing them in underwear before he moved states in 2016. At the time, he held a position within the New Jersey diocese, but after several children and their parents brought forth allegations to the church, he was removed from the ministry in 1992. Nonetheless, he continued working with kids as a teacher.

That said, Capparelli never faced prosecution and some of his alleged victims won out-of-court settlements from the church. The accusations stemmed from the time he worked at various churches in the 1980s, including Our Lady of Fatima in North Bergen, Oratory Prep in Summit, Holy Trinity in Westfield, St. Theresa in Kenilworth and as a Temporary Chaplain at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. 



 

The priest's past alleged behavior was exposed only in 2011, after which he had his certificates revoked and he fled to Nevada in shame. Capparelli was among 188 priests whose names were released by the New Jersey diocese last year as part of an investigation into historic claims of child abuse.

Rich Fitter, one of his alleged victims who won a settlement from the church after bringing forth his allegations, spoke to KTNV. "I can't say that I feel sorry for him. I can't say that I feel any sort of loss. I'm just kind of numb. I don't want to sound cold, but the world is a safer place without him. He is a serial predator and he is a sociopath. And he is a criminal," he said. 

An assistant in the coroner’s office said Capparelli’s body remained in the morgue and had not been claimed as of late Tuesday morning.