April 26, 2006

Diocese of Winona sued for alleged sex abuse by former priest

Winona Daily News

By Chris Hubbuch Winona Daily News

A 38-year-old man has sued the Diocese of Winona claiming he was molested as a teenager by Thomas Adamson, a former priest who was transferred from the Winona Diocese to the Twin Cities in 1975 and later relieved of his duties after multiple lawsuits alleged a history of abuse.

Adamson, 72, was a priest in the Winona diocese from 1958 until 1975, when he was transferred to the Archdiocese of the Twin Cities where he was to receive psychological counseling.

According to the suit filed Monday in Ramsey County District Court, Adamson molested the unidentified man between 1980 and 1982 at a church in Apple Valley, Minn., when the plaintiff was a teenage altar boy.

Adamson was appointed an associate pastor at the church in 1981 with the stipulation that he have no contact with children, according to documents released by the plaintiff’s attorney, Jeffrey Anderson of St. Paul.

Posted by kshaw at April 26, 2006 04:14 PM