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‘Prolific Pedophile’ Priest Dies in New Jersey Nursing Home

A pedophile priest who was defrocked in New Jersey after admitting abusing a dozen children has died in a nursing home, the diocese confirmed to The Post.

James Hanley — who abused young parishioners in Mendham and Pompton Plains over the course of 14 years — died last week, the diocese’s attorney, Kenneth Mullaney, confirmed.

Relatives of the disgraced former priest alerted church officials last week to the death. The nursing home was not identified.

His family did not reveal the cause of death — including whether it was connected to the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated many nursing homes in the Garden State, Mullaney said.

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