Fr. Gary B. Tollner: Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Fr. Gary B. Tollner

Ordination: 1961
  • 1961-1966: St. John the Baptist, El Cerrito, CA
  • 1966-1971: St. Lawrence O’Toole, Oakland, CA
  • 1971-1973: Santa Maria, Orinda, CA
  • 1973-1985: St. Phillip Neri, Alameda, CA
  • 1985-1995: St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus, Oakland, CA
  • 1985-1999: Propogation of the Faith, Oakland, Ca
  • 1988-1999: St. Peter the Apostle Society, Oakland, CA
  • 1989-1999: Catholic Ladies’ Aid Society, Oakland, CA
  • 1999: Died

Fr. Gary Tollner was accused in 1987 of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy at St. Lawrence O’Toole beginning in 1966.  In 1982, Fr. Tollner was accused of sexually abusing his 22-year-old developmentally disabled nephew; after this accusation was made, reports made by parishioners alleged that Fr. Tollner was engaging in suspicious behavior with young boys involving alcohol, drugs, and a hot tub. Fr. Tollner is believed to have sexually abused at least six minors. In 1985, Fr. Tollner was sent to St. Luke Institute, an institution know for treating priests accused of child sex abuse. Fr. Tollner was named publicly as a sex offender at the February 2004 Diocese of Oakland’s apology service.