Fr. Thomas J. O’Brien

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph MO

Monsignor. Accused five times of abusing minors; worked as chaplain at KC Hospital until he retired 4/02. Often worked in schools. Several plaintiffs filed suit 1/04 against O’Brien and two other priests. More suits filed 2004-05. Settlement of one announced 4/07. Some claims settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement involving 12 priests. Named in new suits 2/11, 9/11 and 11/11. One was a wrongful death suit in the case of a 1983 suicide of a 14-year-old alleged victim. Named in over two dozen lawsuits. Wrongful death suit settled for $2.25M 7/13 during jury selection. Died 10/13. Settlement in 2014 for $10M with 31 plaintiffs involving 13 priests, including O’Brien. On Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese’s list updated 4/1/19. It notes allegations of 1950-54 abuse, reported in 2013. On KC-St. Joseph list 9/5/19.


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