January 11, 2005

Boothbay Harbor mother files suit against priest

Portland Press-Herald

By JOSHUA L. WEINSTEIN, Portland Press Herald Writer

A Boothbay Harbor woman has filed a lawsuit against a Roman Catholic priest who she says molested her son from the time the boy was 3 years old until he was 5.

The priest, the Rev. Thomas Lee, has denied the accusation to Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Boothbay Harbor and to the Diocese of Portland.

Lee voluntarily stepped down in 2002 while the diocese conducted an investigation into allegations he sexually abused the boy. He returned to a church in Lyman after the investigation was unable to substantiate the claim but stepped down again in 2003 after new allegations of misconduct with minors arose.

Lee, who now lives in Portland, declined to comment on the lawsuit Monday.

Posted by kshaw at January 11, 2005 08:18 AM