Fr. Thomas F. Watkins

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Order: SM
Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Placed on leave in 4/02 after diocese received an allegation that Watkins had proposed sex to an 18-year-old seminary student 26 years before. Watkins denied the allegation. Ordained as a Marianist; became diocesan priest in 1996. Had been accused of sexual misconduct and had undergone psychological treatment before coming to Diocese in 1991. New allegation in 1995 involved an adult. Granted indefinite medical leave of absence 6/02 after refusing counseling.

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