Fr. Thomas M. Lee

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Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Removed in 5/02 when a woman said he abused her son. Youth “would not testify” and diocese returned Lee to ministry, saying charges were unsubstantiated. Removed again in 9/03 when two other victims came forward. The first victim denied refusing to testify. Lee retired in 2004. Church tribunal ruled in 8/08 that the accusations were not proven, but that Lee’s actions were imprudent. The bishop appealed to the Vatican in 12/08. As of 1/09 there were 14 accusers. Diocese said 2/19/11 that the church appeals court affirmed the tribunal ruling but that Lee would not be reassigned.

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