Plaintiff in Clergy Sex Abuse Case Faces Theft Charge

The Associated Press, carried in
February 12, 2006

PUEBLO, Colo. -- One of the men suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pueblo over allegations of sexual abuse faces a charge of theft.

Thomas Roy Monroe, 53, was arrested Monday on accusations he rented out six homes he allegedly didn't own. He is free after posting a $50,000 bond that day.

Police suspect Monroe collected more than $14,500 in rent at the properties by misrepresenting himself as the owner, according to court records.

"That never happened. That's just misinformation," Monroe said Saturday. "We look forward to our day in court on this set of allegations."

An employee of Catholic Charities learned the homes belonged to FC Mortgage Co. after checking on paperwork for a woman seeking financial aid to move into one of the homes, according to an affidavit.

Police said Monroe had been negotiating to buy several properties from the mortgage company, but financing for the purchases never materialized. Monroe said his family had signed leases with options to own the homes.

Monroe is one of a dozen former Roncalli High School students suing the Catholic diocese and the Marianist order over allegations they were molested by Marianist brother William Mueller, a religion and music teacher at the all-boys school. The school closed in 1971.

The Associated Press does not name alleged victims of sexual assault, but Monroe had agreed to make his name public.


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