Father Michael Teta
Diocese of Trenton
Assigned as follows:
- 1975-1977 St. Joseph Church (Bound Brook, NJ)
- 1978-1980 Our Mother of Sorrows (Tucson, AZ)
- 1978-1980 Absent on Sick Leave
- 1980-1982 St. Rose of Lima Parish (Safford, AZ)
- 1984-1986 St. Francis Church (Superior, AZ)
- 1987-1988 St. Francis de Sales (Tucson, AZ)
- 1989-1994 Absent on Leave
- 1995 Unknown
- 1996-2002 Absent on Leave
- 2003-2004 Administrative Leave of Absence
- 2004 Laicized
- 2005-2019 Unknown
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 Sorrowsin Tucson from 1978 to 1980. Father Teta denied the allegations. The tribunal said the evidence in the case against him showed that his ‘‘insidious ‘rape’’ of his victims was ‘‘so heinous that the only solution is that he take up some other occupation.’’ A civil court later awarded about $2 million to the two victims.
Father Teta 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.
Father Teta was laicized in August 2004, and then 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. His current whereabouts are unknown.
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