BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore priest at St. Agnes/St. William of York Parish has been removed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore after he was accused of touching three women inappropriately.

Father Joseph O’Meara has been removed from active ministry and will no longer reside at St. Agnes/St. William of York, the Archdiocese said.

“The Archdiocese of Baltimore is committed to ensuring safe environments not only for children in its care, but for adults as well. We urge anyone who has knowledge of inappropriate conduct by clergy or other Church personnel to report it to Church officials using the instructions found on the Archdiocesan website (www.archbalt.org) by clicking on the “Ethics Hotline” tab at the top of the home page or by calling 888-572-8026.”

Father O’Meara was a retired priest in residence at the parish.

An Archdiocese spokesperson said the conduct was reported to them by the women and did not involve any children. They added that no criminal activity was reported.

Comments (2)
  1. snapjudy says:

    Hopefully anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Father Joseph O’Meara will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened. Keep in mind that silence only prolongs the hurt but by speaking up there is a chance for healing and protecting others .

    Judy Jones, SNAP “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests” 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com

  2. Jeffrey Simmons says:

    This is a terrible thing to hear Years ago I went to St Williams and the Priests and Nuns were some of the finest people that I ever met, To this day I have fond memories of the Sisters inviting me into the convent to have lunch with them, for a little kid this was a great experience If this Priest did what he is accused of than legal action needs to be taken and made public so that people such as myself will have confidence in the spiritual advisers that we count on

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