Fr. Thomas E. O’Dea

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

A man came forward in 1993 to allege that he had been molested by O’Dea in the 1960s in a school basement when he was age 12. The man said he was also abused by James Porter when the two priests were assigned to the same parish. Review board unanimously found “insufficient evidence of improper activity.” Bishop O’Malley allowed O’Dea to continue in active ministry until his death in 1/99. Included in 1/21 on the diocese’s list of accused.

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