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RI--Five “under the radar” who abused elsewhere but spent time in RI

FACT SHEET: Five “under the radar” who abused elsewhere but spent time in RI

--Fr. Joseph Rocha OP, ordained: 1966

He appears on the most recent list of "new" priests added to Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian's website. Rocha worked quite a few years in the Providence diocese and even held a diocesan post (on the diocesan tribunal). There's been no publicity about him since 2001 when a small article mentioned he had been arrested, but it didn't mention that he was a priest.

He worked in Providence and Warwick. His assignment history:

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Rocha_Joseph_J_OP_.htm

His status as an accused cleric was first made public by Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian in March 2016:

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2016_03_28_Garabedian_List.htm

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VA--Victims beg Catholic officials for “more honesty & outreach”

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 

Statement by Becky Ianni, Virginia Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703-801-6044,SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

A Catholic priest who worked in Virginia has been accused of abusing a male child in another state in 1990. Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are grateful to the brave victim who spoke up, but they are disappointed in the response of Catholic officials in the Diocese of Arlington.

https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/pastor-placed-on-administrative-leave/index.aspx

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