Geoghan's troubled history
January 7, 2002
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July 21, 1954 The seminary rector at Cardinal O’Connell
Seminary writes a letter saying that John J. Geoghan has a "very
1962 Geoghan ordained.
FEB. 13, 1962 – SEPT.
Blessed Sacrament, Saugus
1962-1966 The Rev. Anthony Benzevich reportedly tells church
officials that Geoghan brings boys into his bedroom. Benzevich later denies
it. In 1995, Geoghan admits molesting four boys over 2 1/2 years while
SEPT. 27, 1966 – APRIL
St. Bernard’s, Concord
No reason given for abbreviated stay in church records.
APRIL 20, 1967 – JUNE
St. Paul’s, Hingham
About 1968 Hingham father complains to church authorities
that he caught Geoghan molesting his son, one of several accusations that
emerged from St. Paul’s.
About 1968 Treated at Seton Institute, Baltimore.
Early 1970s Joanne Mueller, single mother and member of
St. Mary’s parish, Melrose, says Geoghan molested her four young boys
at this time. Mueller says she informed the Rev. Paul E. Miceli at St.
Mary’s. Mueller also says Miceli asked her to keep quiet. The family later
sues and settles. Miceli disputes her account.
Sept. 8, 1970 Humberto Medeiros named archbishop of Boston.
Appointed cardinal on March 5, 1973. Cardinal Richard J. Cushing dies Nov.
JUNE 4, 1974 – FEB. 12,
St. Andrew’s, Jamaica Plain
1977-1978 Geoghan is accused of molesting seven boys in
the extended Dussourd family. Six of the children and the mothers later
file suits, which are settled.
Feb. 9, 1980 The Rev. John E. Thomas tells Bishop Thomas
V. Daily that Geoghan admitted to molesting the Dussourd children. Daily
calls up Geoghan and tells him to go home. Geoghan admits the abuse and
says he "does not feel it serious or a pastoral problem."
Feb. 12, 1980 Placed on sick leave. Counseling ordered
by Medeiros. Geoghan undergoes psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with Drs.
Robert Mullins and John H. Brennan.
FEB. 25, 1981 – SEPT.
St. Brendan’s, Dorchester
Early 1980s Allegedly rapes and fondles Jamaica Plain boy.
(Criminal counts 1 and 2 for the pending Suffolk trial.)
July 24, 1982 Dussourds complain to Daily that Geoghan
met one of the molested Dussourd children at an ice cream shop in Jamaica
Plain. Was allegedly also seen there with another boy.
Aug. 10, 1982 Margaret Gallant writes to Medeiros, complains
that Geoghan is "still functioning," despite molesting her nephews,
Sept. 17, 1983 Medeiros dies.
March 23, 1984 Bernard F. Law installed as archbishop of
Boston. Appointed cardinal on May 25, 1985.
Sept. 18, 1984 Law removes Geoghan from parish after complaints
he molested boys there.
NOV. 13, 1984 – JAN. 12,
St. Julia’s, Weston
Nov. 13, 1984 Assigned by Law to St. Julia’s, where Monsignor
Francis Rossiter is "aware of past allegations." Geoghan is
put in charge of three youth groups, including altar boys.
Dec. 7, 1984 Auxiliary Bishop John M. D’Arcy writes to
Law and complains about Geoghan’s assignment to St. Julia’s because of
his "history of homosexual involvement with young boys."
Dec. 11, 1984 Dr. Mullins: Geoghan "fully recovered."
Dec. 14, 1984 Dr. Brennan: no restrictions on his work
as a parish priest.
Feb. 26, 1985 D’Arcy appointed bishop of Fort Wayne/South
1986 Patrick McSorley of Hyde park says he is molested
by Geoghan. Geoghan allegedly molests boys at the Waltham Boys & Girls
Club. Bishop Robert J. Banks is told Geoghan is accused of molesting boy
at a pool.
March 9, 1989 Banks learns of another 1986 accusation.
April 3-12, 1989 St. Luke’s Institute, Maryland. Diagnosis:
April 28, 1989 Geoghan is told by Bishop Robert J. Banks
he had to leave ministry.
May 24 - Nov. 17, 1989 Placed on sick leave.
Aug. 10, 1989 - Nov. 4, 1989 Treated at Institute of Living,
Hartford. Called "moderately improved" on release and recommendation
is that he be returned to assignment.
Nov. 30, 1989 Banks is unhappy with the Discharge Summary
from the Institute for Living because it is different from what he understood
and he used it to base his decision on allowing Geoghan to return to St.
Dec. 13, 1989 Letter to Banks explaining the Discharge Summary:
"The probability he would act out again is quite low. However, we
could not guarantee that it would not re-occur." Return to parish
Nov. 28, 1990 Note from Banks: "I would recommend
him for parish, but decision left up to [another bishop] and BFL"–Cardinal
Dec. 7, 1990 Letter from Dr. Brennan: Geoghan OK for pastoral
Oct. 23, 1991 Complaint about Geoghan "proselytizing"
at a pool with a boy.
Regina Cleri residence for retired priests
April 4, 1994 Mother says Geoghan abused her son while he
was at St. Paul’s in Hingham. Geoghan denies the accusation.
Nov. 1994 Single mother from Waltham calls church to say
Geoghan molested her four boys and made obscene phone calls to them. Placed
on pre-trial probation. The case was dropped.
Jan. 16-25, 1995 St. Luke’s report states: He "has
a long history of pedophilic behavior ... Father Geoghan should have no
interpersonal contact with male minors that is unsupervised."
1995 Geoghan allegedly molests a Weymouth boy, including
at the christening of boy’s sister. (Criminal counts 3 and 4 in Suffolk.)
July 29, 1996 Spends four to six months in Southdown Institute,
Ontario, for therapy.
Clergy personnel office
1998 Geoghan defrocked. Church settles 50 sex abuse cases
against Geoghan for more than $10 million; 84 other cases pending.
Sources: Court documents and medical records