Abuse Suit Settled

Grand Rapids Press
April 20, 2007

St. Louis, MO. — A priest who once taught at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids was accused of sexual abuse in a civil lawsuit settled this week. James Thiel was one of four priests named in a 2004 suit in St. Louis Circuit Court by an unidentified Missouri man. He said Thiel abused him while serving a St. Louis area parish from 1978 to 1981. Thiel's former religious order, the Redemptorists/Denver Province, contributed to a $140,000 settlement, said Patrick Noaker, the victim's attorney. The Redemptorists have settled seven other claims out of court involving Thiel, and the plaintiff in another lawsuit died, said spokeswoman Kristine Stremel. Thiel taught at Catholic Central from 1986 to 1994, when the local diocese removed his credentials after learning of abuse allegations in St. Louis.


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