Fr. Garrett Neal Dee: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Fr. Garrett Neal Dee

Ordained: 1964

  • 1965-1968: Blessed Sacrament, Springfield, IL (SFD)
  • 1969-1971: Immaculate Conception, Alton, IL (SFD)
  • 1972-1973: Holy Family, Decatur, IL (SFD)
  • 1974-1976: St. Boniface’s Church, Edwardsville, IL (SFD)
  • 1977-1979: Little Flower, Springfield, IL (SFD)
  • 1980-1981: St. Gertrude’s Church, Grantfork, IL (SFD)
  • 1982-1987: Visitation B.V.M. Church, Illiopolis, IL (SFD)
  • 1988: Unknown
  • 1989: On Duty Outside Diocese (SFD)
  • 1990-1996: Holy Family Church, Nazareth, TX (AMA)
  • 1997-1998: St. Joseph’s Church, Amarillo, TX (AMA)
  • 1999-2002: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Groom, TX (AMA)
  • 2003: Absent on Leave (AMA)
  • 2004-2019: Unknown

In 2002, Fr. Garrett Neal Dee left the priesthood after the United States bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Fr. Dee admitted he sexually abused children while he worked in the Diocese of Springfield. He is alleged to have sexually abused a boy between approximately 1964 and 1968, while he worked at Blessed Sacrament in Springfield, Illinois. Prior to his arrival in the Diocese of Amarillo, Fr. Dee was sent to Servants of the Paraclete, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. In 2018, Fr. Dee was included on the Diocese of Springfield’s list of clergy with substantiated cases of sexual abuse of a minor. From 2002 to the present, Fr. Dee’s whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.