A fourth conviction and the harshest sentence in Michigan AG's clergy abuse investigation; SNAP is grateful to the AG's team and to the survivors for this result
Joseph (Josef) Compericho, a former music teacher at St. John Catholic School in Jackson, MI, was sentenced to 12-30 years in prison today. He must also register as a sex offender. This is the fourth conviction and the harshest sentence handed down so far in the Michigan Attorney General's investigation into clergy abuse.
We echo and applaud the statement from Michigan’s AG, Dana Nessel, on this outcome."The dedication of our clergy abuse team – and the willingness of brave survivors to tell their stories – ensured justice was served against Mr. Comperchio. Let this prison sentence be a reminder that we are here to listen to victims of abuse and pursue accountability on their behalf.
Compericho was first charged in September 2020 with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a minor and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving two children. The following month, an additional five counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against two more children were added. Four survivors came forward in total.
We are incredibly grateful to AG Nessel and the investigators who have scoured the files of abuse cases hidden by Catholic officials in Michigan for decades. Secular investigations across the country are finding the evidence and filing the charges necessary for victims to witness the wheels of justice at work. These dedicated professionals are helping to end the vicious cycle of abuse and cover-up.
More than anything, we hope this conviction gives other survivors the courage to come forward and report crimes, regardless of how long ago they may have occurred. We also hope that any individuals who witnessed or suspected sexual abuse will also report directly to law enforcement.