Fr. John Carney

Father John Carney

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused
Died: 10/30/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Father John Carney, a parish priest and former teacher at Archbishop Keough High School, was named in the Baltimore archdiocese’s 9/2002 list of priests accused of child sexual abuse, and later included in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General’s Report. After serving at various nursing homes and hospitals from 1972, in 1991 a woman reported that Carney fondled and kissed her on numerous occasions when she was 10, during his time at Our Lady of Victory in 1970 or 1971.

Another priest, Father John Peacock, who was later credibly accused, was told of the incident and informed the parish only that Father John Carney was going on retreat. When the woman reported the abuse to Baltimore County Police at the age of 18-20, Father John Carney admitted to it on a phone call. Although she met with the Archdiocese, they refused to discuss the abuse, settling with her for $50K. In 1991, Carney admitted to kissing the girl but denied inappropriate behavior.

In 1995, his faculties were removed after the woman contacted the Archdiocese again, and he admitted to engaging in ‘inappropriate conduct.’ In 2014, he was discovered to be wearing a Roman collar and presenting himself as a priest, leading Archdiocesan officials to tell him to stop. In 2017, Carney was accused of physically abusing a 6th grade boy in the 1960s, and one of Maskell’s victims reported that Carney was present during her abuse. The man physically abused by Carney stated that he was sexually abused by Maskell. Carney passed away on 10/30/2020.