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Rev. Thomas H. Teczar

Summary of Case: Teczar has been accused of sexually abusing children in Massachusetts and Texas. He was forced out of the Worcester, MA diocese in 1986 for sexually abusing boys. He later became a visiting priest in the Fort Worth diocese whose bishop, Joseph Delaney, knew of Teczar's history and acknowledged the risk in hiring him. Teczar was convicted in 2007 of having sexually assaulted an 11 year-old Texas boy in 1990. That conviction was overturned in 2007, but a retrial in 2009 resulted again in conviction. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison. His victim testified that Teczar had shown him pornography and plied him with alcohol and marijuana. The Vatican announced that Teczar was laicized in September 2011.

Ordained: 1967

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
mid 1960s   Nazareth Home for Boys

Leicester

Bathed a 10 year old boy. Accused by another boy of inappropriate touch during a swimming outing. Teczar was fired as a result.

MA   Nazareth Home was a Catholic Home for troubled youths. Teczar worked here while attending seminary.

1967

Worcester diocese bishop was Bernard Joseph Flanagan (1959-1983)

1970 St. Joan of Arc

Worcester

In 1967, prior to Teczar's ordination, Bishop Flanagan wrote in response to an inquiry from Catholic University's dean, of Teczar's "predilection for intimate and rather exclusive companionship with young boys".

Teczar had been kicked out of seminary twice. He was sued in 2003 for sexually abusing a 16 year old boy over four years, beginning in 1968.

MA

4/4 ,3/3

Pastor was Rev. John F. Sullivan. During 1967-1968 second priest was Joseph P. Mahoney, and third was Thomas W. O'Connor. During 1968-1970, second priest was Edmund F. Falvey.

 
1970 1972 St. Mary's

Uxbridge

Found by a civil jury in 2002 to have sexually abused a boy at St. Mary's in 1971. There are known to be five victims from St. Mary's.

MA

3/3

Teczar worked under Revs. Francis R. Rupprecht and John E. Kelley.

St. Mary's had a school with 120-103 boys and 105-98 girls.

1972 1975 St. Ann's Leominster MA

3/3

Teczar worked under Revs. Joseph J. Porello and Benedetto Visalli.

St. Ann's had a school with 187-157 students.
1975 1977 St. Aloysius Gilbertville MA

2/2

Pastor was Rev. Walter D. Mara.

 

1977 1980 Immaculate Conception Worcester MA

4/4

Pastor was Rev. Edward T. Connors. Priest in the second spot was William J. Raftery, followed by Teczar. In residence was Rev. Paul T. O'Connell.

 
1980 1983 Sacred Heart of Jesus Gardner MA

2/4

Pastor was Rev. James A. Lehane. In the third spot was Rev. John A. Dwyer. In residence was Rev. Joseph A. Adamo.

Parish had a school with 203-237 students.

1983

Worcester Bishop was Timothy Joseph Harrington (1983-1994)

1984 St. Aloysius Rochdale MA

1/2

Working under Teczar was Rev. Stephen D. Johnson.

 
1983 1984 St. Jude   MA   St. Jude was a mission of St. Aloysius.
1985   House of Affirmation

Montara

Sent for treatment for "problems with anger, sexuality and alcohol use."

CA   House of Affirmation was a Treatment Center for priests.
1984 1987 Absent on Leave

 

Teczar was forced out of the Worcester diocese after accusations that he was "inappropriate" with a teen-age boy.

 

 

 

 
1987 1988         Not indexed in the 1988 Directory.
1988 1989 On Duty Outside the Diocese       The 1989 Directory indexes Teczar as On Duty Outside the Diocese, but does not list him in the Worcester or Fort Worth Diocesan pages.

1988

Fort Worth bishop was Joseph Patrick Delaney (1981-2005)

  St. Patrick's Cathedral Fort Worth TX Per news reports, Teczar worked at the Cathedral for a few months under Rev. William Hoover.

Hired in 1988 by Fort Worth bishop, Delaney, after having been in treatment and out of work for about four years. Delaney knew of Teczar's history of abusing children, and acknowledged the "risk involved" in hiring him.

Hoover
later admitted to having molested boys.

Aug. 1988 Aug.1989 St. Michael's

Bedford

The parents of a previous Massachusetts victim of Teczar discovered he was at St. Michael's, and wrote a scathing letter to Bishop Harrington, with copies sent to Bishop Delaney in TX and to the Vatican. They filed a criminal complaint and Teczar was fined in 1991 for alcohol and delinquency charges involving young males. Delaney made Teczar pastor of four rural churches in the Fr. Worth diocese.

TX Assistant Pastor This assignment is per news reports.
1990 1993 St. Rita's

Ranger

Arrested in 2002 and charged with the 1990 rape of 12 year old Ranger boy.

Three men in 2007 received a settlement from the Fort Worth diocese, due to claims that Teczar had sexually abused them at St. Rita's when they were children.

Another man in 2008 successfully sued the diocese for sexual abuse by Teczar when he was a child at St. Rita's.

TX 1/1  
1990 1992 Cisco Junior College Ranger TX    
1990 1992 Ranger Junior College Ranger TX    
1990 1993 St. John's

Strawn

 

TX 1/1 The 1990-1993 time frame is per a Ft. Worth diocese press release.
1990 1993 Holy Rosary Cisco TX Pastor This assignment is per news reports as well as per a Ft. Worth diocese press release.
1990 1993 St. Francis Xavier

Eastland

Left Texas abruptly in 1993 when there was a criminal investigation into child molestation in Eastland County, TX.
Two of Teczar's friends were the subjects of the investigation. Both were later convicted. Teczar returned to Massachussets, and lived in Dudley.

TX Pastor This assignment is per news reports. as well as per a Ft. Worth diocese press release.
1993 2003 Absent on Leave

Dudley

Teczar was arrested and charged in 2002 with raping a 12 year old boy in Ranger, Texas in 1990.

MA   Teczar is not indexed in the Directories after 2003.
2003 2007  

Dudley

Teczar was found guilty of sexual assault of a child March 7, 2007 Sentenced to 25 years in prison on three counts of sexual assault of a child and 15 years on one count of indecency. Sentences were to run concurrently.

MA    
2007 2011 Prison

 

 

TX  

Teczar's 2007 conviction was reversed in Oct. 2008.

In a March 2009 retrial, Teczar was convicted of the rape of sexually abuse of an 11 year-old boy in Ranger, TX in the 1990s. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Teczar was defrocked by the Vatican in 2011.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1968-2003).

Bishop Hired 2 Priests after Suspensions, By Brooks Egerton, Dallas Morning News, August 12, 1998
Letters Suggest Diocese Knew about Child Abuser, By Richard Nangle, Sunday Telegram, (Massachusetts), February 10, 2002
Priests Named in Sex Abuse Settlement, By Richard Nangle and Kathleen A. Shaw, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 26, 2002
Dallas Morning News, June 12, 2002
Jury Rules Teczar Committed Abuse, By Kathleen A. Shaw, Telegram & Gazette, October 4, 2002
Priest Accused of Raping Texas Boy Arrested, By Brooks Egerton, Dallas Morning News,, December 14, 2002
Letter Implored Diocese to Take Accused Priest, By Richard Nangle, Telegram & Gazette, April 21, 2003
Diocese Settles Sex Abuse Lawsuit, By Darren Barbee, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 2, 2005
Diocese Settles Abuse Lawsuit, By Darren Barbee, Fort Worth Star-Telegram , April 8, 2005
Blinded by Faith?, Part 1, Long-Secret Documents Reveal That Fort Worth Bishop, Was Aware of Priest's Troubled Past, By Darren Barbee, Star-Telegram Staff Writer, June 5, 2005
Priest Is Given 25 Years for Sex Abuse, By Darren Barbee, Fort Worth Star-Telegram,March 8, 2007
Priest's Sentencing on Sex Charge Applauded, By Bronislaus B. Kush, Telegram & Gazette,
March 9, 2007
Diocese Reaches Settlement with Priest's Accusers, By Darren Barbee, Star-Telegram, December 20, 2007
Accuser of Priests Agrees to Settle, By Darren Barbee, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, February 15, 2008
Former Fort Worth Priest's Sexual Assault Conviction Overturned, By Darren Barbee, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 23, 2008
Priest Convicted of Sexually Abusing Boy in Ranger in "90s, By Darren Barbeed, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 26, 2009
Jury Gives Priest 50 Years, By Celinda Emison, Abilene Reporter-News, March 27, 2009
Former Fort Worth Catholic Diocese Priest Sentenced to 50 Years for Sex Abuse, By Brooks Egerton, Dallas Morning News, March 27, 2009
Pope Ousts Rev.Teczar, By Bronislaus B. Kush, Telegram & Gazette, September 9, 2011
Teczar Laicized by Pope, Catholic Free Press, September 9, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 10, 2011

 

 
 

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