Fr. Thomas H. Teczar

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Worcester MA

Accused of abuse of a minor in a 1996 lawsuit in MA. Jury found for plaintiff in 10/02 but awarded no damages. Arrested in MA 12/02 for abuse in TX. Non-jury trial held in TX 3/07. TX judge found him guilty; sentenced to 25 years prison. Conviction overturned on appeal 10/08. Retrial began 3/23/09. On 3/26/09,TX jury found him guilty. Sentenced to 50 years prison. Civil suits by 5 plaintiffs in Fort Worth and Amarillo settled in 2005 and 2007. Another claim settled 2/08. Laicization announced 9/9/11. Sought early parole for medical reasons in 6/13; denied after public outcry to parole board. Died in prison in 3/15.


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