Fr. Gary B. Tollner – Diocese of Oakland

Father Gary B. Tollner

Diocese of OaklandGary B. Tollner Horowitz Law


Ordained: 1961

Died: 1999

Assignment History:

  • 1961-1966 St. John the Baptist (El Cerrito, CA)
  • 1966-1971 St. Lawrence O’Toole (Oakland, CA)
  • 1971-1973 Santa Maria (Orinda, CA)
  • 1973-1985 St. Phillip Neri (Alameda, CA)
  • 1985-1995 St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus (Oakland, CA)
  • 1985-1999 Propagation of the Faith (Oakland, CA)
  • 1988-1999 St. Peter the Apostle Society (Oakland, CA)
  • 1989-1999 Catholic Ladies’ Aid Society (Oakland, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gary B. Tollner:

A priest of the Oakland Diocese, Fr. Gary Tollner, has been accused of sexually abusing at least six children since the 1960s. In 1982, his sister-in-law reported that he had sexually abused her developmentally disabled young adult son. When this accusation came to light, others began to report abuse by Fr. Tollner. Reports were also made by parishioners that alleged that Fr. Tollner was engaging in suspicious behavior with young boys involving alcohol, drugs, and a hot tub.

In 1985, Fr. Tollner was sent to St. Luke’s Institute in Maryland, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sex abuse.  In 1987, Tollner was accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy at St. Lawrence O’Toole beginning in 1966, and that the abuse continued into adulthood. From 1985 to 1995, Tollner was allowed to reside at a parish, which had a school, in which he held several Chancery positions. Tollner died in 1999. Fr. Tollner was named publicly as a sex offender at the February 2004 Diocese of Oakland’s apology service.

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