Sexual abuse claim against deceased Metro Detroit priest credible, says Detroit Archdiocese
By Dane Sager Kelly
November 11, 2018
An allegation that a priest who died in 1994 sexually abused a child has been found to be credible, the Archdiocese of Detroit said.
The archdiocese said in a news release Sunday that the complaint against Monsignor Thaddeus Ozog was brought to a review board and shared with prosecutors.
Ozog served as pastor or associate pastor at parishes in Detroit, Birmingham, Wayne, Waterford, Flat Rock and Hamtramck.
It is unknown if the allegation against Ozog was found in documents turned over by Roman Catholic dioceses across Michigan in a state investigation of sexual abuse by priests.
Ozog has been added to the Archdiocese's list of clergy credibly accused of abuse.
The full release can be read below.
Monsignor Thaddeus Ozog (1930-1994). Ordained in 1956. An allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor was brought forward to the Archdiocesan Review Board, considered, and has been deemed credible.
The Detroit Archdiocese – as is its practice – shared the complaint against him with civil authorities.The Review Board also commissioned an independent investigation of the allegation. When presented to the Review Board, the findings from that investigation were found to be credible, that is, having a “semblance of truth.”
The Archdiocese encourages anyone who has been abused to contact civil authorities. Individuals may also call the victim assistance coordinator at (866) 343-8055 or visit protect.aod.org. This website also contains information on removed clergy, reporting protocols, and Archdiocesan policies and practices. There are no deadlines on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and other church representatives.
Education: Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit; SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake; University of Detroit, Detroit.
1956 – 1958: Associate Pastor, Our Lady Help of Christians, Detroit
1958: Associate Pastor, St. Columban, Birmingham
1958: Associate Pastor, Our Lady of the Lakes, Waterford
1959 – 1975: Instructor (1959); Registrar (1962); Dean (1968); Rector (1970), Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit
1975: Associate Pastor, St. Hillary, Detroit
1975: Associate Pastor, St. Mary, Wayne
1976 – 1978: Pastor, St. Roch, Flat Rock
1978 – 1994: Pastor, St. Florian, Hamtramck