Assignment Record– Rev. Ronan C. Liles, o.p. aka Charles R. or Charles B. Liles

Summary of Case: A Dominican priest, Liles was accused in a 1997 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of two boys, who were brothers, beginning when they were ages 11 and 12 in 1969 and ending in 1975. Liles' modus operandi was said to have been to treat the boys to dinners, movies and miniature golf, and to ply them with alcohol. His accusers said they were also sexually abused by Dominican Brother Edmund Frost, who "tag-teamed" with Liles. Both Dominicans resided at the Minneapolis parish where the abuse is said to have taken place. Liles was living in August 2020 in Texas.    

Born: September 6, 1942
: 1969


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Paul and Minneapolis archbishop was Leo Binz (1961-1975), followed by John Robert Roach (1975-1995)

1978 St. Albert the Great


Liles was accused in a 1997 lawsuit of sexually abusing two boys, who were brothers, from 1969-1975. The brothers said they met Liles at a Boy Scout camp in 1969, when they were 11 and 12 years old. The abuse was said to have occurred at the camp with Liles showering with them, kissing and hugging them, and progressing to attempted fellatio and anal penetration during overnights at St. Albert's rectory. They said Liles treated them to dinners out, mini-golf, and movies, and plied them with alcohol. They also accused Brother Edmund Frost, o.p., who resided with Liles in the rectory, saying Frost and Liles sexually abused them in a "tag team fashion".

MN 5/5, 3/3, 2/2, 2/3

St. Albert's had a school with 259-160 students.

Liles is indexed in the 1970-1971 Directories as at St. Albert's, but he is not listed in the St. Paul & Minneapolis archdiocesan pages as there. The 1972 Directory indexes him as Ronan C. and lists him in the archdiocesan pages at St. Albert's as Charles R. Liles. The 1974-1978 Directories index Liles as Charles B, but list him in the archdiocesan pages as Ronan C.

Frost was at St. Albert's with Liles until 1975.

1978 1979 Dominican Fathers Provincial Office Chicago IL Director of Soc. for Vocational Support  
1979 1982 Dominican Fathers & Brothers, Southern Dominican Province New Orleans LA Economic Administrator  
1982 1983 Leave of Absence      

Liles is not indexed beyond the 1983 Directory.

He was dismissed from the order and dispensed from his vows in 1985.

In August 2020 he was living in Texas. 


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-1983)

Doe v. Arch. of St. Paul; Court of Appeals, MN; C9-99-2164
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, March 21, 2006
St. Paul & Minneapolis List of Credibly Accused Priests, released Dec. 5, 2013

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This assignment record was last updated on August 29, 2020.