Fr. Thomas S. Stitts

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Two men filed suits alleging they were molested by Stitts in late 1960s and early 1970s at two separate churches. Archdiocese received lawsuits 1/93; suits not public until they were filed with court in 1/95. Permanently removed from ministry 1985 and died same year at age 50. New suit filed 3/10 by four men claiming Archdiocese knew of Stitts’ history before or during the time he was abusing them. Two more suits filed 6/10. Four brothers filed suit 11/15/10. Another suit filed 6/14/13. Ongoing battle in court to obtain personnel files 7/14 and other archdiocesan files. Files finally released 8/14. Plaintiff in 6/14/13 suit, whose mother attempted to report his abuse in 1971 but was turned away by the Archdiocese, finally reached a settlement 08/20/14.

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