Fr. Thomas M. Summers

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Ordained: 1943
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

A man filed suit in 8/03 alleging he was raped and battered by Summers and molested by another priest at separate times at St. James Catholic School in the 1960s. Per the suit, Summers coerced the victim by threatening to remove him from his parents’ home and to stop church support of his needy parents. Also used drugs and alcohol. Two other men came forward in support of allegations. Courts ruled only individuals, not corporations, could be sured for sexual abuse. Summers died in 1992.

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