Fr. Thomas E. Smith

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Bishop Murphy knew of allegation of abuse in 1984 of 17-year-old boy. Health Leave 2/84-10/84. Residential treatment 3/85 – 8/85. Treated 12/86-4/87 at Ecclesia Center in Girard, then St. Luke’s in MD until 11/30/87. Facility said he had “driven, compulsive, and long standing obsession with sexually assaulting children” and the sexual assaults continued after his first treatment in 1984. Admitted in treatment to abuse, including rape, of at least 15 boys, as young as age 7. Returned to parish ministry. Active in a ministry program for Catholic children. Report to diocese in 9/93 of abuse of a 9-year-old boy. Suspended in 2002 after report of abuse 1968-70 of a boy, ages 10-12. Settlement (less than $100,000) reached in early 2002. Criminal charges filed in 3/08; dropped due to statute of limitations. Laicized in 2006.

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