Father Thomas Rogers
Diocese of Greensburg
Incardinated in the Diocese of Greensburg: 1961
Faculties restricted: 2002
Assigned as follows:
- 1953 Saint Edward, Hermine, PA
- 1953 – 1954 St. Mary, Freeport, PA
- 1954 – 1955 Immaculate Conception, Connellsville, PA
- 1955 -1956 Immaculate Conception, Irwin, PA
- 1956 – 1958 SS Simon and Jude, Blairsville, PA
- 1958 – 1960 St. John the Baptist, Scottdale, PA
- 1965 – 1968 St. Anthony, Clymer, PA
- 1968 – 1972 St. Charles Borromeo, Sutersville, PA
- 1972 – 1981 St. Mary, Ford City, PA
- 1981 – 1991 Seven Dolors, Yukon, PA
- 1992 – 1998 St. Anne, Rostraver, PA
Summary of Allegations against Father Thomas Rogers:
According to the grand jury report, in 1962, Father Thomas Rogers allegedly assaulted a teenage hitch-hiker in New York state. According to the letter written by Monsignor Robert J. Giroux of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York to Bishop William Connare of the Diocese of Greensburg, a complaint was made at the local police department stating a teenage boy nearly escaped an attempted sexual assault near Saranac Lake. The description of the perpetrator fit that of Father Rogers, who was seen by two witnesses visiting his mother in the area at the time of the alleged attack.
The victim described Rogers’ vehicle and license plate number, and was even confirmed by the same two witnesses to have been in the company of Father Rogers. According to the Grand Jury report, due to Rogers’ strong relationship with the Chief of Police and the fact that Rogers’ brother was a member of the department, they preferred to handle the investigation quietly.
The police confronted Rogers with the allegation and he denied the incident and claimed his car was stolen while he served mass at an Ogdensburg parish, only to be returned before he left after mass. He would later produce a “letter” purportedly sent by an anonymous man apologizing for stealing his car and assaulting a boy in it. Nonetheless, the police did not believe the claims given the window of time the “car thief-turned-pervert” would have had to commit all of his crimes, not to mention that the boy gave a nearly perfect description of Rogers.
The victim’s father was also called to the church rectory to meet with police and Ogdensburg Diocese officials. He was “a good Catholic” and did not want to bring scandal to the church. As long as Rogers admitted to actions and did not come back to that town, he agreed not to press charges. With the father satisfied, the police dropped the investigation.
Rogers remained in active ministry until 1998, at which time he retired a priest in good standing.
According to the Grand Jury report, after reviewing Rogers’ file in 2002, Bishop Anthony Bosco informed Rogers he would no longer be permitted to present himself as a priest publicly.
Rogers died in 2005.
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