JACKSON, MI – A former teacher at a Catholic school in Jackson accused of sexually assaulting his students in the 1970s is facing additional sexual assault charges.
Five additional sexual assault charges have been filed against Joseph Comperchio Wednesday, Oct. 28, after investigators identified two additional victims who claim they were assaulted by him while he was a music teacher at St. John Catholic School in Jackson, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.
Former Jackson Catholic school teacher charged with 6 counts of sexual assault
Comperchio, 67, now faces 11 felony counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct spanning four separate cases in the Jackson County 12th District Court, according to court records.
Of the new charges, four of the counts occurred when the victims were under the age of 13, and the fifth count was while the victim was physically helpless, officials said.
All charges reportedly occurred between 1975-77 when Comperchio taught drama and music and the school.
He was arrested Sept. 14 in Fort Myers, Florida and extradited back to Michigan where he was arraigned Oct. 2 on his initial six counts of sexual assault.
While investigating clergy abuses, the Michigan Attorney General ‘s Office seized 1.5 million paper documents and 3.5 million electronic documents through search warrants executed in October 2018.
The investigation has resulted in criminal charges being filed against 11 individuals connected to the Catholic Church.
Michigan’s clergy abuse probe identifies 454 accused priests, 811 victims
“My office stands committed to seeking justice for all of those who have been assaulted or taken advantage of and we will continue to review the circumstances in each case with careful scrutiny and file charges when the evidence demands it,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “I continue to be encouraged by the victims who come forward to share their experiences, which are undoubtedly difficult stories to tell and serve as a reminder to the rest of us that the pain which can be inflicted when predators prey on the vulnerable remains long after the reported incident.”
Comperchio is currently being held in the Jackson County Jail without bond. He is expected to be arraigned on the additional charges Oct. 28 followed by a bond hearing Friday, Oct. 30, on his initial charges.
He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
To learn more about Nessel’s investigation into clergy abuse or to submit information, click here.
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