ATTENTION: Noaker Law Firm LLC has an active investigation into a report that Fr. Thomas Neary sexually abused a boy while Fr. Neary was assigned to Our Lady of the Rosary in Hannibal, New York. If you have any information please contact Investigator Bill Haider (347) 266-7316.
Here is what is known about Fr. Thomas Neary:
Diocese: Diocese of Syracuse
Summary of Assignments:
- 1955-1962: St. John the Evangelist, New Hartford
- 1963-1964: St. Michael, Onondaga Hill
- 1965-1970: St. Mary, Skaneateles.
- 1971-1972: Our Lady Rosary, Hannibal
- 1973-1980: St. Francis, Durhamville
- 1981-1984: St. Paul, Norwich
- 1985-1986: St. Patrick, Jordan
- 1986-1997: Most Holy Rosary, Syracuse
Notes: Man claimed Neary raped him at least 100 times over two years. Original accusation against Neary was made at a State Senate Hearing in Albany in 5/03. Diocese would not discuss case but said they offered to pay the man’s counseling bills. As of 1/04 diocese had paid $3000 in counseling bills. Neary died 9/01 at age 83. He had retired in 1995. 2008 articles reference numerous victims who have not made public allegations. Fr. Neary is on the Diocese of Syracuse list of priests who have been the subject of sexual abuse allegations.
Sources: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/; Post-Standard 09.19.01; Post-Standard (NY) 06.18.03; Post-Standard 01.07.04; Post-Standard 01.17.04; Post-Standard 06.26.07; City of Angels 10.26.08; News and Observer 04.29.10; Renew America 12.04.11; Syracuse News 09.13.15; Syracuse News 09.15.15; Watertown Daily Times 03.14.18
Note: Years listed indicate editions of the Official Catholic Directory. Because of the publication schedule of the Directory, a priest listed at a parish in a given year was also likely at that parish for part of the previous year.