Fr. Alfred Dean – Archdiocese of Baltimore

On Behalf of | May 26, 2023 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Fr. Alfred Dean

Archdiocese of Baltimore/Josephite

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Ordained: 1989

Removed: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1989: St. Veronica (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1989: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Washington, DC) 
  • 1989: St. Joseph (Welsh, LA) 
  • 1989: Corpus Christi (New Orleans, LA) 
  • 1989-1990: St. Francis Xavier (Houston, TX) 
  • 1990-1993: St. Brigid (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1993-1997: Holy Family (Natchez, MS) 
  • 1993-1997: St. Anne (Fayette, MS) 
  • 1997: St. Brigid (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1997: St. Joseph (Welsh, LA) 
  • 1997: Prince of Peace (Mobile, AL)
  • 1997-1998: Health Recuperation 
  • 1998-1999: St. Veronica (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1999-2002: St. Francis Xavier (Baltimore, MD)
  • 2002: Faculties Removed, Placed on Administrative Leave 

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Alfred Dean

Fr. Alfred Dean was ordained a Josephite priest in 1989 and worked in various dioceses, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Houston. In 2023, Fr. Dean was listed on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors list. In April 2023, Maryland’s Attorney General released a report alleging 156 Catholic clergy members sexually abused at least 600 children over six decades. The report lists the names of the abusers, including Fr. Dean.

According to the AG’s report, Fr. Dean was a native of the Bahamas and assigned to St. Veronica in Baltimore. In April 2002, there was a meeting with Dean regarding his relationship with two teenage boys who appeared to be living with him in his rectory residence. Dean denied that the two boys were living in the rectory and denied any wrongdoing or inappropriate relationships. He was counseled to avoid driving them home alone or being alone in the rectory with them. 

In July 2002, an anonymous letter was sent to the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office expressing hope that the Office was investigating “what happened to the little boys” living in the rectory with Dean. Also in July 2002, Dean was accused of making sexual advances on a 13-year-old boy, beginning in April of that year at St. Francis Xavier parish and continuing for three months. Specifically, he hugged the boy, kissed him on the cheek and lips, and asked the boy for a “real kiss.” The archdiocese placed Fr. Dean on administrative leave, removed his faculties, and directed that he leave the rectory and reside at Josephite headquarters. 

In August 2002, a young man came forward to report that Father Alfred Dean would drive around Mount Vernon and pick up little boys every Monday night. In May 2003, Dean was indicted on criminal charges, but the charges were later dismissed by a judge at the request of the victim’s family in December 2003.

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