Assignment Record – Brother Edmund Frost, o.p.

Summary of Case: A religious brother of the Dominican order, Frost has been accused of the sexual abuse of at least four boys. He is known to have worked as a religion and sex education teacher at a Minneapolis parish from 1964-1975, and to have had assignments in Madison WI, Winona MN, Iowa and Louisiana. His modus operandi is said to have been to ply boys with alcohol and marijuana, and to show them pornography. His order has acknowledged his abuse. Frost is deceased.



Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Paul and Minneapolis archbishop was Leo Binz (1961-1975)

1975 St. Albert the Great


Frost was accused of past child sexual abuse in 1993.

In a 1997 lawsuit two brothers accused Frost of sexually abusing them as boys at St. Albert's in the 1970s. They said that he and Rev. Ronan Liles, who was also at St. Albert's, sexually abused them in a "tag team" fashion.

Frost was accused in a 1999 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of a 12 year-old boy at St. Albert's. Frost's accuser said he was plied with alcohol.

Another man accused Frost in a 2005 lawsuit of sexually abusing him as a child at St. Albert's. The accusations included showing the boy pornography, as well as oral sex and sodomy. He said the abuse began when he was 13 years-old in 1973 and ended in 1974, and that Frost gave him alcohol and marijuana. Dominican officials in 2005 acknowledged the abuse and said they believed this accuser.

MN religion and sex education teacher

St. Albert's had a school.






Liles was at St. Albert's from 1969-1978.




?     Madison WI    
?     Winona MN    
?       IA    
?       LA   Frost died sometime before 2005.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1966-1975)

Doe 28B et al v. Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minn., Court of Appeals, June 20, 2000
Blueprint for Coverup?, - 5 Eyewitness News, March 3, 2005
18 More Report Abuse to Diocese, By Warren Wolfe, Star Tribune, March 4, 2005
WW II Law Helps Man Abused by Clergy, By Ken Speake, KARE [Minnesota], March 20, 2006
Dominican Order Settles Sex Abuse Suit, A Minnesota Man Now in His 40s Was Awarded $450,000 and Therapy Costs for Suffering Repeated Abuse by a Brother in the 1970s, By Pamela Miller, Star Tribune, March 21, 2006

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This assignment record was last updated on Jan. 18, 2013