Fr. Benjamin Smylie
Named publicly as accused by the Dallas diocese on its list 1/31/19. Taught at Jesuit College Prep for many years. Retired in 2002. Died in 2004. Added to the Jesuits Central and Southern Province list 2/27/20. It notes the the allegations against Smylie were received after his death and that the abuse was said to have occurred in the 1980s. Included in a lawsuit by multiple former Dallas Prep students, filed in 8/19, of abuse of a student in 1981. The suit settled in 3/22. Allegedly the boy went to Smylie for counseling while his mother was dying, and the priest plied him with alcohol then sexually assaulted him on an overnight at a Jesuit retreat center.
Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.