John Merzbacher Wiki – John Merzbacher Biography

A convicted child rapist, whose crimes were recently highlighted in a sprawling statewide report on sexual abuse and cover-ups within the Archdiocese of Baltimore, died last week in prison, according to the Maryland corrections agency. John Merzbacher, 81, was serving four life sentences after his 1995 rape conviction for committing sexual abuse while a teacher at a Catholic high school in Baltimore in the 1970s. He died Friday of natural causes in the infirmary at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland, state corrections officials said.

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The age of John Merzbacher was 81 years.

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John Merzbacher child rapist died in jail

Merzbacher’s crimes have received renewed attention in recent weeks with the release of a report from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, which has spent years investigating child sexual abuse in the archdiocese. It found that more than 150 priests and others associated with the Baltimore archdiocese sexually abused more than 600 children for decades, often with impunity.


The report, which paints a damning picture of the country’s oldest Catholic diocese, presents Merzbacher as “the most obvious example of systemic abuse” committed by non-clerical members of the archdiocese, including deacons and Catholic school teachers. Previous investigations had mainly focused on abusive priests.

During his time as a teacher at the Catholic Community High School in South Baltimore, Merzbacher terrorized students while the school’s leadership looked the other way, according to the report. He raped and sexually abused dozens of male and female students, including at gunpoint, once fired a gun at the school and repeatedly threatened to kill the children or their families if they told anyone what he was doing, according to the report.

Investigators interviewed Merzbacher in prison as part of their probe, and he denied doing anything wrong, according to the report, raising important questions about who in the archdiocese knew about Merzbacher’s abuse and did not hold him accountable. He left the school in 1979.Read More…….


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