More charges filed against former Canterbury teacher for Michigan sex assaults | #teacher | #children | #kids


LANSING, Mich. — New sexual assault charges against a former Catholic school music teacher have been filed after two more victims came forward about their assault, officials said.

Joseph — also known as Josef — Comperchio of Fort Myers is charged with five new counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Four of the counts happened when the victims were under the age of 13, the fifth was when the victim was physically helpless.

All charges Comperchio faces are 15-year felonies. The incidents reportedly occurred between 1975-77 when Comperchio was employed as a drama/music teacher at the Jackson Catholic school. 

The Attorney General’s office accused Comperchio in mid-September of sexually abusing two other children. In those cases, Comperchio was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony charge with a maximum punishment of life in prison, and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony.

Comperchio was arrested in Fort Myers on September 14 after the first set of charges. He was returned to Michigan on October 1.

Comperchio used to work at the Canterbury School in Fort Myers, teaching drama and speech. He retired in 2019 after nine years at the school.

Including Comperchio, investigations by the office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has resulted in criminal charges being filed against 11 people connected to the Catholic Church.   



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