Father Michael J. Teta
Diocese of Tucson
Assigned as follows:
- 1978-1980 Our Mother of Sorrows Parish (Tucson, AZ)
- 1980-1982 St. Rose of Lima Parish (Safford, AZ)
- 1986-1988 St. Francis Parish (Superior, AZ)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael J. Teta:
According to media reports, Father Michael J. Teta came to Tucson from the Diocese of Trenton in 1978. He became a member of the Diocese of Tucson in 1982. In 1997, a Catholic Church tribunal found Father Teta guilty of molesting two boys, ages 7 and 9, in the confessional as they prepared for their First Communion. It found there to be “almost a satanic quality in Father Teta’s mode of acting toward young men and boys.”
The alleged abuse occurred during his first assignment as associate pastor at Our Mother of Sorrows in Tucson from 1978-1980. Father Teta denied the allegations. The Diocese of Tucson placed him on leave in 1991. He was paid $900 a month from 1991-2004.
He was accused of child abuse in several of the 11 lawsuits filed between 1999 and 2002 which were settled by Tucson Diocese in January 2002.
He was laicized in August 2004, and named in another lawsuit filed the following month in September. He is believed to still be alive and has never been criminally convicted of the allegations against him.
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