Fr. John M. Banko

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen


Removed from ministry 2000. Convicted 2002 on charges of molesting 11-yr-old boy in 1993. Received a 15-year sentence. At least 9 one other alleged victims have also come forward; victims as young as age 6. Additional criminal charges filed 9/06 alleging abuse of a boy 1994-1995. Pleaded not guilty 11/06. Convicted 2008. Diagnosed as “repetitive and compulsive sexual offender.” Sentenced 9/08 to add’l 18 years. Died 2/29/16 at the New Jersey Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Woodbridge NJ


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