Desmond M. O’Neill (Father Desmond O’Neill)
priest Archdiocese of Toronto. Ordained 1959. Charged December 1990. ACQUITTED 1991.
08 April 2003: Died
2002: Pastor St. Margaret Church, Toronto and St. Eugene’s Chapel (Father Ernest Tyler SJ Administrator)
2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995: Pastor St. Margaret Church, Toronto and St. Eugene’s Chapel (co-pastor with Father Gerald Gregoire csb)
1994: address for Saint Francis de Sales Church, Ajax, Ontario (Pastor Father John T. Bolger)
1993: 71 Indian Trail, Toronto (address for Provincial House: Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate – Assumption Province. Father Christopher Pulchny omi Provincial)
1991: address Saints Martha & Mary Church, Mississauga, Ontario (Archdiocese of Toronto) (Pastor Father George S Galea)
1985-1986: Pastor, St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Mississauga, Ontario
1980: St. Joseph Church, Toronto, Ontario (with Father B. Dwyer)
1973-1974: Pastor, St. Joseph Church, , Toronto, Ontario
1971-72: St. Anselm Church, Toronto (Pastor Father Cerrone)
1968-69: Director of Catholic Truth Society and Assistant St. Margaret’s Church, Toronto (Pastor Father M. Bolan)
1967: Director of Catholic Truth Society, Toronto, Ontario
December 7, 1991 15.33 EST
BRAMPTON, Ont. (CP)
A Roman Catholic priest has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old altar boy at a church rectory more than a year ago.
Desmond O’Neill, 63, a priest for 31 years, was acquitted by a seven-man, five-woman jury Friday in the general division of Ontario Court following a three-day trial.
The youth, whose name cannot be released, and his parents held each other and cried as the verdict was announced.
O’Neill was charged while he was a pastor of a church in nearby Mississauga, just west of Toronto. He was accused of putting his hand below the youth’s belt and touching his pubic hair after massaging his back and rubbing him around the waist and stomach.
The assault was alleged to have occurred when the youth, who was an altar boy and did odd jobs for the priest, went to the rectory for dinner.
O’Neill dismissed the incident as horseplay, testifying that if he touched the boy’s pubic hair “it was an accident.”
With the jury absent, Justice Ronald Thomas ruled inadmissible the testimony of a Toronto police officer who claimed O’Neill made sexual advances toward him in the same rectory 20 years ago.
O’Neill still face a church tribunal. He was relieved of his parish duties after the charge was laid last Dec. 17.