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A former New Jersey priest and teacher who was accused of groping young boys was found shot to death in his Nevada home over the weekend, authorities said.

Police conducting a welfare check Saturday found the body of a John Capparelli, 70, in the house he owned on Bonner Springs Drive in Henderson, Nevada, authorities said.

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.

Last month, Capparelli’s name was included a list of 188 priests and deacons in the state who had been “credibly accused” of sex crimes against children. New Jersey’s five Catholic dioceses released the names while under mounting pressure to identify clergy accused of sexual misconduct.

Accused of groping and brutalizing teenage boys, Capparelli was suspended from the ministry in 1992. Nearly two decades later, after The Star-Ledger revealed he was working as a public school teacher in Newark, the state revoked his certificates.
 

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FTA - Police in Nevada declined to say how Capparelli died, but they categorized the death as their third homicide of the year.

“Preliminary investigation indicates the victim died of suspicious circumstances, and the incident is being investigated as a homicide,” police said in the statement. “A suspect has not been identified at this time and police are following up on developed leads.”

A Henderson police spokeswoman said the case was an active investigation and that police would not be commenting further on Capparelli’s death.


Come on HPD, just close the case. He died as a result of suicide, not homicide...

Suicide.
 

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According to the law, he died innocent.
Damn shame they won't hold a trial in his absence.

His victims deserve that much.
 

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