Fr. Edward Julian Tissera

Ordained: 1989
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

From Sri-Lanka. Several names: Edward Warnakulasuriya, Edward Tissera, W. Edward Julian Tissera. Accused in 7/2011 of molesting a 17- or 18-year-old male during confession at St. Bernard’s in Simsbury. Suspended. Arrested. Pleaded no contest 9/2012. Accused in a 9/2014 lawsuit of repeated sexual assault of a 13- to 14-year-old boy 2000-2001, while associate pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Watertown, CT. Abuse was said to have occurred in Tissera’s rectory bedroom, after he invited the boy for spiritual guidance and counseling. Settled in 10/2016. Laicized 5/29/2018. On the Archdiocese’s list 1/22/2019.

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