Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Phoenix bishop 1982-2003. In 6/03, to avoid indictment on a charge of obstructing justice, admitted to covering up child sex abuse by priests, a felony. Arrested days later, charged in a fatal hit-and-run car accident. Resigned. Convicted in 2/04, received probation and community service. Accused in 1/16 lawsuit of repeated sexual abuse of a boy when he was a 2nd to 5th grader at St. Aquinas in Litchfield and St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, 1977-1982. Abuse allegedly including oral sex. O’Brien denied the allegations. Diocese notified in 9/16. Died 8/26/18.

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