COLLEGEVILLE, MN – The recent settlement of a civil lawsuit and an upcoming criminal trial are shedding light on sexual abuse allegations involving monks at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville.
One former Benedictine monk claims during his time there, officials at St. John’s Abbey turned a blind eye to sexual abuse and were part of a “pattern” of covering up for abusive monks.
“I contend that St. John’s produces, protects, fosters this kind of behavior,” says Richard Sipe.
Sipe, who attended St. John’s and once served as a consultant on a task force on sexual abuse at St. John’s Abbey, claims sexual misconduct was a systemic problem.
His allegations come on the heels of a settlement last week in the case of Troy Bramlage, who sued St. John’s Abbey for failing to protect him from sexual abuse by Father Allen Tarlton, back in the 1970s.
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Settlement may shed new light on alleged sexual abuse at St. John’s Abbey
KARE11 News (Minneapolis, MN)
May 4, 2015
Julie Nelson, Anchor
Steve Eckert, Investigative Producer