John Geoghan, 2002 News

defrocked priest, was sentenced to nine to ten years in prison by a Massachusetts court following his conviction in January of indecent assault and battery for fondling a young boy in 1991. He is accused of sexually molesting about 130 children during his 30-year tenure as a priest. After Geoghan's case was made public, scores of other victims came forward throughout the country, and the Catholic church faced resounding criticism for its handling of the crisis.

2002 People in the News