December 14, 2002

Dallas Morning News


By BROOKS EGERTON / The Dallas Morning News

Massachusetts police arrested a priest Friday on a charge of raping a 12-year-old boy in Texas, highlighting connections between New England’s exploding clergy abuse scandal and the Southwest.

The Texas Ranger handling the investigation said he expects it to expand and hopes to extradite the Rev. Thomas Teczar, who remained jailed late Friday and has ignored previous interview requests. He pleaded not guilty at arraignment, where bail was set at $30,000 cash.

Father Teczar was one of two priests whom Fort Worth Catholic Bishop Joseph Delaney put in tiny rural parishes in the early 1990s after they were forced from ministry in the Northeast.

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