Fr. Thomas Behnke

Order: OCD
Ordained: 1949
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Dallas TX

A suit filed in 10/02 by a Dallas-area man alleged Behnke abused him as a boy at St. Mary of Carmel in Oak Cliff 1978-80; Behnke denied charges. Per 2003 news, he was living at the Servants of the Paraclete treatment facility in Jemez Springs, NM. Dallas diocese denied sending him there and the order wouldn’t comment. Five more plaintiffs joined the suit. Settled for $4.65M 10/09. All but $500K of the settlement came from the order. Also worked in OK. Died 11/9/08. On Dallas diocese and San Antonio archdiocese’s lists 1/31/19. Accused in 2017 of abuse of a San Antonio boy in the 1970s. On Oklahoma City archdiocese’s list 10/3/19.


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