April 27, 2006

Winona Diocese sued for alleged sex abuse

WINONA (MN)
La Crosse Tribune

By Chris Hubbuch | Lee Newspapers

WINONA, Minn. ó A 38-year-old man has sued the Diocese of Winona, claiming he was molested as a teen by a former priest who served in the area from 1958 to 1975.

Thomas Adamson, now 72, was transferred to the Archdiocese of the Twin Cities in 1975 to receive psychological counseling. He later was relieved of his duties after multiple lawsuits accusing him of a history of abuse.

While in the Winona diocese, he was assistant principal at Winona Cotter High School and assistant pastor at St. Casimirís church, as well as at St. Johnís parish in Caledonia, Minn., and Lourdes High School in Rochester, Minn.

Although this latest case claims Adamson molested the unnamed man, then an altar boy, between 1980 and 1982 while associate pastor at an Apple Valley, Minn., church, it accuses both the Winona diocese and the Archdiocese of fraud and negligence.

Posted by kshaw at April 27, 2006 06:33 AM