Fr. Eamon O’Dowd

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Died: 11/29/2009
Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Ordained in Ireland for the Diocese of Grand Island, NE. Later transferred to the Diocese of Orlando, FL. Investigated in 1977 for fondling two 12-year-old girls; no charges filed after he apologized and said he meant no harm. Arrested in 1983 for fondling another girl, age 12. Those charges dropped after he agreed to psychiatric treatment. Reportedly had an affair with the girl’s mother. A civil suit settled in 1986 for $250K and files sealed. Still an active priest until he “retired” without privileges in 1995 after news of the 1983 incident became public. Died 11/29/2009 in Dublin, Ireland. Included on the Orlando diocese’s 10/6/2021 list of credibly accused.

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