January 14, 2005

Mother Sues Priest

Boothbay Register

Kristoffer Roveillo

It's been nearly two decades since Rev. Thomas Lee left his post at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Apparently, though, time has yet to quell the storm of controversy surrounding his departure.

On Tuesday, a mother who claims her son was molested by Lee between 1977 and 1979 filed a lawsuit against him in Cumberland County Superior Court.

The suit alleges breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, vicarious liability, fraud, and seeks punitive damages, to be determined by a jury.

Lee served as pastor at the Boothbay Harbor church from 1971-1985.

An initial investigation into the molestation charges surrounding the boy went unsubstantiated in 2002, and Lee briefly returned to his post as pastor of Lyman's St. Philip's parish. He voluntarily stepped down for a second time in September 2003, when new allegations of misconduct arose.

Lee will not face criminal prosecution, as the statute of limitations has expired, explained the mother's attorney, Mark Randall, in a phone interview Tuesday.

Posted by kshaw at January 14, 2005 01:51 PM